How Rurality Affects Students’ Higher Education Access in Kazakhstan
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rural education
rural students
rural disadvantage
higher education access
social capital


In this paper, I address the issues of rural disadvantage in accessing higher education. Taking an autoethnographic approach and building on research on rural education, which has shown that geography is an important stratifier of educational outcomes, I reflect on the factors that helped me to access higher education despite my rural background in Kazakhstan. I argue that the role of students’ social capital in accessing higher education is critical.


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