ERIC Number: EJ1051880
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
What Does Class Origin and Education Mean for the Capabilities of Agency and Voice?
Nordlander, Erica; Strandh, Mattias; Brännlund, Annica
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v36 n2 p291-312 2015
This article investigates the relationship between class origin, educational attainment, and the capabilities of agency and voice. The main objectives are to investigate how class origin and educational attainment interact and to consider whether higher education reduces any structural inequalities in the social aspects of life. A longitudinal approach is applied, using a national survey of 1058 Swedish young people, controlling for baseline values of agency and voice. The empirical analysis reveals an association between class origin and agency and voice. University education proves to be of central importance for the capabilities of agency and voice; however, this varied for young people with different class origin. Young people from manual working-class backgrounds benefit from higher education, while no significant result was found for young people with white-collar parents. The results indicate that higher education reduces structural differences in capabilities central for social participation.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Class, Educational Attainment, Individual Power, Higher Education, Educational Benefits, Longitudinal Studies, National Surveys, Adolescents, Young Adults, Multivariate Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden