Chapter 14

University Choosers and Refusers

Social Theory, Ideas of “Choice” and Implications for Widening Participation

Erica Southgate1 and Anna Bennett2,    1School of Education, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia,    2Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia

The purpose of this chapter is to critically interrogate ideas about “choice” and higher education as they are framed in second modernity societies. We argue that “choice” is a Foucauldian-type of problematization, or a key aspect of the social world that, despite appearing to be a common sense norm, is riddled with uncertainty. We demonstrate how the concept of “choice,” as it is framed within the context ...

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