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What does class origin and education mean for the capabilities of agency and voice?
Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Umeå universitet, Sociologiska institutionen.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6867-6205
Umeå universitet, Sociologiska institutionen.
2015 (English)In: British Journal of Sociology of Education, ISSN 0142-5692, E-ISSN 1465-3346, Vol. 36, no 2, p. 291-312Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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Oxfordshire, England: Routledge, 2015. Vol. 36, no 2, p. 291-312
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class origin, education, agency, voice
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-75215DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2013.820126ISI: 000349247500006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-75215DiVA, id: diva2:1359867
Available from: 2019-10-10 Created: 2019-10-10 Last updated: 2019-10-16Bibliographically approved

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