Higher education and the achievement (and/or prevention) of equity and social justice

John Brennan, Rajani Naidoo

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The article examines the theoretical and empirical literature on higher education's role in relation to social equity and related notions of citizenship, social justice, social cohesion and meritocracy. It considers both the education and the research functions of higher education and how these impact upon different sections of society, on who benefits and who loses from them. Questions for future research on the wider impact of higher education are posed as well as some research questions on the narrower issue of widening participation. Reprinted by permission of Springer
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-302
Number of pages16
JournalHigher Education
Issue number3
Early online date17 Apr 2008
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2008


  • Social inequality
  • Meritocracy
  • Research.
  • Social justice
  • Academic achievement
  • Public goods
  • Higher education
  • Equity


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