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      On establishing a modus vivendi: the exercise of agency in decisions to participate or not participate in higher education

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          It is becoming increasingly clear that the notion of 'removing barriers' offers a limited foundation for widening participation to higher education. Drawing on realist social theory, we consider how decisions to participate or not participate form part of a process to establish a modus vivendi or 'way of life' for oneself. We explore factors that affect how individuals pursue courses of action around entry into potentially alien educational contexts. Our analysis suggests that interventions designed to widen participation should take account of different modes of reflexive deliberation, underpinning social and cultural structures, and a range of notions of human flourishing.

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          London Review of Education
          IOE Press
          1474-8460
          01 November 2009
          : 7
          : 3
          : 261-270
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          1474-8460(20091101)7:3L.261;1- s6.phd /ioep/clre/2009/00000007/00000003/art00006
          10.1080/14748460903290256
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