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Cultural capital in the elite subfield of Swedish higher education
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. (SEC - Sociology of Education and Culture)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3683-3146
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (SEC - Sociology of Education and Culture)
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Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education. (SEC - Sociology of Education and Culture)
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2016 (English)In: Poetics (Amsterdam. Print), ISSN 0304-422X, E-ISSN 1872-7514Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The idea of a strong tie between culture and education, advocated by Bourdieu and his colleagues from the 1960s, is in this article explored in detail by investigating cultural capital in both its embodied state, expressed in tastes and cultural practices among students in the elite subfield of Swedish higher education, and its institutionalised state, through an analysis of the same students’ enrolment patterns. By applying Specific MCA to a questionnaire answered by 1152 students at 20 socially and scholarly selective programmes we identify three main dimensions in the space of lifestyles. The first dimension separates advanced and legitimate cultural practices and tastes from mainstream ones. In a second dimension, elaborate and often costly body-oriented practices in training or clothing are distinguished from a more ascetic lifestyle. The third dimension opposes a pole of establishment from a pole of non-establishment. The study programmes are well dispersed in the space of lifestyles, which suggests a close relation between embodied and institutionalised states of cultural capital. We finally argue that the pursuit of field-specific capital best explains this dispersion: the future trajectories into specific regions of the field of power tend to correspond to distinct lifestyles of various categories of elite students.

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2016.
Keyword [en]
Cultural capital, Lifestyles, Geometric data analysis, Swedish higher education, Elite education
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology of Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-288342DOI: 10.1016/j.poetic.2016.02.004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-288342DiVA: diva2:923980
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The Struggle for Students. The Swedish Field of Higher Education and the Recruitment Strategies of the Institutions
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Swedish Research Council, 2001-4772
Available from: 2016-04-27 Created: 2016-04-27 Last updated: 2016-04-27

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