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Forsberg, H. (2018). Gymnasieval och segregation (1ed.). In: Magnus Dahlstedt och Andreas Fejes (Ed.), Skolan, marknaden och framtiden: (pp. 203-226). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gymnasieval och segregation
2018 (Swedish)In: Skolan, marknaden och framtiden / [ed] Magnus Dahlstedt och Andreas Fejes, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2018, 1, p. 203-226Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2018 Edition: 1
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338669 (URN)9789144119960 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-01-11 Created: 2018-01-11 Last updated: 2018-02-01Bibliographically approved
Forsberg, H. (2018). Matching Practices for Secondary Schools - Sweden.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Matching Practices for Secondary Schools - Sweden
2018 (English)Report (Other academic)
Publisher
p. 11
Series
Matching in Practice Country Profile ; 27
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Educational Sciences
Research subject
Sociology of Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-365253 (URN)
Available from: 2018-11-12 Created: 2018-11-12 Last updated: 2018-11-13Bibliographically approved
Forsberg, H. (2018). School Choice in Ethnically and Socioeconomically Heterogeneous Residential Areas. Sociologisk forskning, 55(1), 23-52
Open this publication in new window or tab >>School Choice in Ethnically and Socioeconomically Heterogeneous Residential Areas
2018 (English)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 55, no 1, p. 23-52Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores how young peoples 'strategies when choosing upper secondary education are marked by the segregation and marketization of education. Research is limited to five municipalities in southern Stockholm that are characterized by ethnically and socioeconomically heterogeneous residential areas. It is argued that the school choice of all pupils at upper secondary level in this region constitutes a socio-geographical space in which the school market is embedded and operates. This space is explored by means of specific multiple correspondence analyses (specific MCA). Using individual census data on all students in the designated municipalities from 2008, the differences between 4 421 pupils are investigated as regards their parents' education, income, occupation, services, and national origin, as well as the pupils' academic merits from comprehensive school. The analysis reveals that, despite a 'free' school choice and substantial geographical mobility, pupils' choices are heavily restricted by local social and demographic conditions, not the least those connected to their acquired and inherited assets.

Keywords
school choice, segregation, school market, geometric data analysis, social space
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-355474 (URN)000432056900003 ()
Available from: 2018-06-29 Created: 2018-06-29 Last updated: 2018-06-29Bibliographically approved
Forsberg, H. (2018). School competition and social stratification in the deregulated upper secondary school market in Stockholm. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 39(6), 891-907
Open this publication in new window or tab >>School competition and social stratification in the deregulated upper secondary school market in Stockholm
2018 (English)In: British Journal of Sociology of Education, ISSN 0142-5692, E-ISSN 1465-3346, Vol. 39, no 6, p. 891-907Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Drawing on the case of upper secondary education in Stockholm, thisarticle analyses school-based responses to a superimposed marketand how this is related to social stratification. Furthermore, schools’and pupils’ encounters with the market are analysed in relation toBourdieu’s concepts of field, capital and strategy. Methodologically,the quantitative method of correspondence analysis is combinedwith semi-structured interviews with senior administrative officersand principals. Analysis shows how the overarching structure ofthis particular field – a historically pre-existing social order of uppersecondary education in Stockholm – is related to the complex set ofstrategies that schools develop in the school market. Schools locatedat the elite pole of the field, serving the educational needs of a smallminority of either the wealthy or the culturally rich upper middleclass, are less affected by marketization. In the most populous socialmid-tier of the field, schools are more likely to turn education into amass-produced commodity, while schools at the socially dominatedpole, without a competitive product, are more exposed to the market’sstratifying impact.

National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology of Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-340920 (URN)10.1080/01425692.2018.1426441 (DOI)000448332900010 ()
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 7208
Available from: 2018-02-05 Created: 2018-02-05 Last updated: 2019-01-17Bibliographically approved
Forsberg, H. (2018). Valet av utbildning på gymnasiemarknaden i socialt tillbakasatta områden. Sociologisk forskning, 55(1), 23-52
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Valet av utbildning på gymnasiemarknaden i socialt tillbakasatta områden
2018 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 55, no 1, p. 23-52Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

School Choice in Ethnically and Socioeconomically Heterogeneous Residential Areas

This article explores how young peoples' strategies when choosing upper secondary education are marked by the segregation and marketization of education. Research is limited to five municipalities in southern Stockholm that are characterized by ethnically and socioeconomically heterogeneous residential areas. It is argued that the school choice of all pupils at upper secondary level in this region constitutes a socio-geographical space in which the school market is embedded and operates. This space is explored by means of specific multiple correspondence analyses (specific MCA). Using individual census data on all students in the designated municipalities from 2008, the differences between 4 421 pupils are investigated as regards their parents' education, income, occupation, services, and national origin, as well as the pupils' academic merits from comprehensive school. The analysis reveals that, despite a "free" school choice and substantial geographical mobility, pupils' choices are heavily restricted by local social and demographic conditions, not the least those connected to their acquired and inherited assets.

Keywords
school choice, segregation, school market, geometric data analysis, social space
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology of Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-349072 (URN)
Projects
Gymnasiemarknaden i svenskglesa områden. Valet av gymnasieutbildning bland familjer och elever med migrationsbakgrund i etniskt heterogena och socioekonomiskt tillbakasatta bostadsområden.
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2016-03913
Available from: 2018-04-20 Created: 2018-04-20 Last updated: 2018-04-23Bibliographically approved
Forsberg, H., Palme, M. & Börjesson, M. (2017). Le marché de l’éducation et la structure sociale: La transformation de l’enseignement secondaire supérieur suédois à la veille desréformes du libre choix. Esprit Critique: revue internationale de sociologie et de sciences sociales, 27(1), 23-36
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Le marché de l’éducation et la structure sociale: La transformation de l’enseignement secondaire supérieur suédois à la veille desréformes du libre choix
2017 (French)In: Esprit Critique: revue internationale de sociologie et de sciences sociales, ISSN 1705-1045, Vol. 27, no 1, p. 23-36Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology of Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338673 (URN)
Available from: 2018-01-11 Created: 2018-01-11 Last updated: 2018-02-08Bibliographically approved
Forsberg, H. (2016). Social field and market: Upper secondary education and the emerging educational market in the Stockholm region. In: : . Paper presented at Sociologidagarna. Uppsala, 10–12 mars 2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Social field and market: Upper secondary education and the emerging educational market in the Stockholm region
2016 (Swedish)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-287802 (URN)
Conference
Sociologidagarna. Uppsala, 10–12 mars 2016
Available from: 2016-04-26 Created: 2016-04-26 Last updated: 2016-04-26
Forsberg, H. (2015). A Socio-spatial Analysis of the Swedish Free School Reform of 1992 and the Marketization of Upper Secondary Education in Stockholm. In: : . Paper presented at The Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting 2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Socio-spatial Analysis of the Swedish Free School Reform of 1992 and the Marketization of Upper Secondary Education in Stockholm
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-287813 (URN)
Conference
The Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting 2015
Available from: 2016-04-26 Created: 2016-04-26 Last updated: 2016-04-26
Forsberg, H. (2015). Kampen om eleverna: Gymnasiefältet och skolmarknadens framväxt i Stockholm, 1987–2011. (Doctoral dissertation). Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kampen om eleverna: Gymnasiefältet och skolmarknadens framväxt i Stockholm, 1987–2011
2015 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The Swedish educational reforms in the beginning of the 1990s, introducing a public-funded voucher system, free school choice and the right to run schools as commercial enterprises, had an important impact on upper secondary education. The Stockholm region, the most populous in Sweden, offered favourable conditions for the growth of a previously non-existent educational market. A massive expansion of independent schools took place, managed primarily by larger companies, along with the extensive marketing of profiled study programmes and the import of management models from the private sector. In 2011 alone, schools competed for 75 000 pupils representing an annual economic value of approximately 8.5 billion SEK.

Covering the period 1988 to 2011, this thesis analyses the relationship between the educational market and upper secondary education as a social field structured by the educational strategies of social groups. Building on Bourdieu’s relational sociology, the study combines quantitative and qualitative methods, using correspondence analysis as a major analytical tool.

While free school choice and the voucher system established a supply-demand relationship between schools and families and pupils, the analysis shows that the market has submitted to the same forces that structure the field of upper secondary education within which it unfolds, primarily the volume and composition of symbolic and other assets that students, families and schools possess. In fact, the social structure of the field of upper secondary education in Stockholm remains remarkably stable over time, opposing on the one hand female and male dominated education and on the other hand education with high social and scholarly recruitment to that with low. Euclidean clustering analysis unveils a complex social structure reflecting how the increasingly differentiated educational supply has adapted to the needs of various social groups. Elite schools, market-oriented schools and market-exposed schools develop different strategies in the battle over pupils. Competing amongst themselves for pupils rich in inherited and acquired capital, the elite schools withdraw from the openly market-oriented approach that characterises the other type of schools and instead opt for more subtle, long-term strategies for building up trust from their audience, involving investments in staff and other institutional assets.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2015. p. 329
Series
Studier i utbildnings- och kultursociologi ; 7
Series
Södertörn Doctoral Dissertations, ISSN 1652-7399 ; 112
Keywords
Sociology of education, school choice, social space, social field, school market, symbolic capital, Bourdieu, marketization, geometric data analysis
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology of Education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-265046 (URN)978-91-554-9385-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-12-11, Bertil Hammer-salen, Blåsenhus, von Kraemers allé 1, Uppsala, 13:15 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2015-11-20 Created: 2015-10-21 Last updated: 2016-01-13
Forsberg, H. & Palme, M. (2015). Social field and market: Relation between the social field of upper secondary education and the emerging upper secondary educational market in the Stockholm region. In: : . Paper presented at Empirical Investigation of Social Space II. 12-14, University of Bonn, Bonn.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Social field and market: Relation between the social field of upper secondary education and the emerging upper secondary educational market in the Stockholm region
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-287811 (URN)
Conference
Empirical Investigation of Social Space II. 12-14, University of Bonn, Bonn
Available from: 2016-04-26 Created: 2016-04-26 Last updated: 2016-04-26
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-0277-4440

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