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A selected few: School societies and symbolic capital in the Swedish upper secondary school
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences, Sociology.
2004 (English)In: Young : Nordic journal of youth research, Vol. 12, no 2, 221-235 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article is about student associations - so called school societies - and the formation of hierarchies in the Swedish upper secondary school. The aim is to analyse the ways in which the school societies are significant in the formation of the school as a field of symbolic struggle. The empirical material consists of interviews with 18 students - ten women and eight men. The main conclusion is that these school societies function as an elite culture within the upper secondary school. They dominate the school both socially and spatially. By recruting populare and successful students they reproduce the status attributed to society members, but at the same time they reproduce the distincions and hierarchies of gender, class and educational aspirations whitin a school that was created to be equal for all

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2004. Vol. 12, no 2, 221-235 p.
Keyword [en]
class, education, gender, school societies, social capital, Swedish upper secondary school, symbolic capital
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-33222Local ID: 19213OAI: diva2:254045
Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09 Last updated: 2011-01-12

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