In the greatest social change of the last twenty years about half of Europe's young people now attend university. Their lived experiences are however largely undocumented.
Antonucci travelled across six cities and three European countries - England, Italy and Sweden - to provide the first ever comparison of the lives of university students across countries and socio-economic backgrounds. Contrasting students' resources and backgrounds, this original work exposes the profound social effects of austerity and the financial crisis on young people.
Questionnaires and first person interviews reveal that, in contrast with what assumed by HE policies, participating in university exacerbates inequalities among young people. This work is a wake-up call for re-thinking the role of higher education in relation to social justice in European societies. 10 Line drawings, black and white; 16 Tables, black and white