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Win a copy of ‘A Cosmopolitan Journey?’ by Helene Snee

Cover of A Cosmopolitan Journey by Helene Snee

Helene Snee’s new book is a sociological exploration of the gap year phenomenon.

This new book, by Helene Snee, is an innovative sociological exploration of gap year travel. Gap years are increasingly common for young people in the UK. But what do ‘gappers’ get out of these journeys? A wide range of official sources acknowledge gap years as a way of becoming a global citizen and boosting employability. Instead of automatically assuming that gap years are ‘a good thing’, in this book, Helene Snee takes a critical look at how this contemporary rite of passage could contribute to the reproduction of structural disadvantage at both national, and international, levels, in relation to routes into education and employment, and representations of difference and distinction in cultural practices.

Helene argues that well-established ways of thinking about, and understanding, the world are used to frame gap year experiences, including how other people and places are different; the influence of class in determining what has cultural value; and what sort of identity work is worthwhile.

More about A Cosmopolitan Journey? on the Ashgate website (including contents, introductory chapter and index)

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Win a free copy of A Cosmopolitan Journey?

This competition is now closed. Thanks to everybody who entered, and to Ashgate for donating the prize. And congratulations to @DrTeresaCrew, our lucky winner.



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