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Social networks and educational mobility: The experiences of UK students

Brooks, R and Waters, J (2010) Social networks and educational mobility: The experiences of UK students Globalisation, Societies and Education, 8 (1). pp. 143-157.

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A recurrent theme in the literature on transnational mobility – and particularly that pertaining to the young and/or highly skilled – is the individualised nature of such movement, as people move to take advantage of opportunities in an increasingly interdependent world. Drawing on research with 85 young adults who had moved overseas for their higher education, or were seriously contemplating doing so, this paper subjects this claim to critical scrutiny. Indeed, it suggests that while internationally mobile students are clearly only a subset of the broader category of transnational migrants, they nevertheless demonstrate important ways in which mobility is often socially‐embedded, grounded within networks of both family and friends. It then points to the socially reproductive nature of such ties, and discusses their implications for the development of ‘mobility capital’.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
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Date : 22 February 2010
Identification Number : 10.1080/14767720903574132
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Additional Information : This is an electronic version of an article published as Brooks R, Waters J (2010). Social networks and educational mobility: The experiences of UK students. Globalisation, Societies and Education 8(1):143-157. Available online at:
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Date Deposited : 22 Feb 2013 10:05
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 15:00

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