Although the pursuit of educational pathways was in many respects both experi-

enced and negotiated at the individual level, the respondents‟ labour market and housing transitions illustrated the extent to which their prospects and percep-

tions of opportunities were embedded in predominantly family level resources. Indeed, in contrast to the eminent accessibility of the education system, both the

underdeveloped nature of the labour and housing markets in Russia, and the

respondents‟ peripheral position within them, limited the degree to which they were either able or compelled to negotiate such transitions independently.