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Linking the macro to the micro: a multidimensional approach to educational inequalities in four European countries
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2018 (English)In: European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association, ISSN 1461-6696, E-ISSN 1469-8307, Vol. 20, no 1, p. 26-64Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Recent research into educational inequalities has shown the importance of decomposing social origins into parental class, status and education, representing economic, socio-cultural and educational family resources, respectively. But we know little about how inequalities in educational attainment at the micro-level map onto institutional characteristics of educational systems at the macro-level, if we treat social origins in a multidimensional way. Drawing on the rich over-time variation in educational systems in four European countries–Britain, Sweden, Germany and Italy–this paper develops and tests a number of hypotheses regarding the effects of various components of social origins on individuals’ educational attainment in different institutional contexts. It is evident from our results that a great deal of similarity exists across nations with different educational systems inthe persisting importance for individuals’ educational attainment of parental class, status and education. But our findings also indicate that changes in the institutional features of educational systems have, in some instances although not in others, served to reinforce or to offset the social processes generating educational inequalities at the micro level.

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2018. Vol. 20, no 1, p. 26-64
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Educational system, comparative research, social origins, educational attainment
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-151552DOI: 10.1080/14616696.2017.1329934ISI: 000427941800002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-151552DiVA, id: diva2:1174131
Available from: 2018-01-15 Created: 2018-01-15 Last updated: 2018-04-30Bibliographically approved

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