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Culture, Capitals and Graduate Futures

Degrees of class, 1st Edition

By Ciaran Burke


184 pages

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In a time of too many graduates for too few jobs, and in a context where applicants have similar levels of educational capital, what other factors influence graduate career trajectories? Based on the life history interviews of graduates and framed through a Bourdieusian sociological lens, Culture, Capitals and Graduate Futures explores the continuing role that social class as well as cultural and social capitals have on both the aspirations and expectations towards, and the trajectories within, the graduate labour market.

Framed within the current context of increasing levels of university graduates and the falling numbers of graduate positions available in the UK labour market, this book provides a critical examination of the supposedly linear and meritocratic relationship between higher education and graduate employment proposed by official discourses from government at both local and national levels.

Through a critical engagement with the empirical findings, Culture, Capitals and Graduate Futures asks important questions for the effective continuation of the widening participation agenda. This timely book will be of interest to higher education professionals working within widening participation policy and higher education policy.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 - Sociology of "Choice"

Chapter 2 – Setting the Scene

Chapter 3 – Graduate Employed

Chapter 4 – Non-Graduate Employed

Chapter 5 - Theoretical Discussion: a wide-angle approach

Chapter 6 - Social Policy Implications: lessons to be learned


Appendix A – Respondent Matrix

Appendix B – Graduate Employment Position by Variable

About the Author

Ciaran Burke is Lecturer in Sociology at Ulster University, Northern Ireland.

About the Series

Research into Higher Education

Co-published with the Society for Research into Higher Education

This exciting new series aims to publish cutting edge research and discourse that reflects the rapidly changing world of higher education, examined in a global context. Encompassing topics of wide international relevance, the series includes every aspect of the international higher education research agenda, from strategic policy formulation and impact to pragmatic advice on best practice in the field.

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EDUCATION / Research