Egalitarianism in the habitus
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Learner identities are regulated through many overlapping and competing fields that lend considerable weight to the intertwined relationship between social class, aspiration and neoliberalism. How these young men perceive the structures of social inequality remains an important access point for understanding why they engage or disengage with their education. In late modernity, young people are often theorised as engaging in forms of individualisation where 'fluidity and transgressive forms of identification' often exist alongside a 'dis-identification from class as a potentially grounding principle in shaping youth subcultural activity'. The working classes are consistently constructed as having a hard life because they engage in physical labour, while the middle classes are perceived to have a life of ease due to having easier jobs and working less. Individualisation emphasise a middle-class self that is more adaptable, fluid within many fields and able to marshal resources strategically.