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Social capital and the role of trust in aspirations for higher education

Fuller, C. ORCID: (2014) Social capital and the role of trust in aspirations for higher education. Educational Review, 66 (2). pp. 131-147. ISSN 1465-3397

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/00131911.2013.768956


This paper considers the role of social capital and trust in the aspirations for higher education of a group of socially disadvantaged girls. Drawing on data from a longitudinal, ethnographic case study of an underperforming secondary school, the paper considers current conceptualisations of social capital and its role in educational ambitions. The paper concludes by tentatively suggesting that whilst social capital is extremely helpful in explaining differences within groups, trust appears to be a pre-requisite for the investment and generation of social capital, as opposed to the other way around. The paper also suggests that young people are not necessarily dependent on their families for their social capital but are able to generate capital in their own right.

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Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Institute of Education > Improving Equity and Inclusion through Education
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