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ERIC Number: EJ849318
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
Equal Access but Unequal Outcomes: Cultural Capital and Educational Choice in a Meritocratic Society
Jaeger, Mads Meier
Social Forces, v87 n4 p1943-1971 Jun 2009
This article argues that existing studies on cultural capital and educational success fail to distinguish the different channels through which cultural capital promotes educational success. Following Bourdieu, the article proposes that for cultural capital to promote educational success three conditions must hold: (1. parents must possess cultural capital, (2. they must transfer their cultural capital to children, and (3. children must absorb cultural capital and convert it into educational success. This research develops an empirical model that analyzes the significance of the three effects with respect to Danish children's choice of secondary education. Denmark is well-suited for this study because access to secondary education is particularly meritocratic. The empirical analysis shows that all three channels through which cultural capital affects educational success are important. (Contains 4 notes, 5 tables, and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Equal Access