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Desirable places: spatial representations and educational strategies in the inner city
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
Number of Authors: 22018 (English)In: British Journal of Sociology of Education, ISSN 0142-5692, E-ISSN 1465-3346, Vol. 39, no 5, p. 623-637Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines how the outcome of neoliberal educational reforms has affected urban schooling in the inner city of Stockholm - making it into a centralized nexus or a hot-spot' for students and schools. The aim is to analyse how geographical place and space have become major distinctive criteria in inner-city students' educational strategies, as well as a comparative advantage for upper-secondary schools in the fierce in-between school competition. The data consist of interviews with close to 120 participants, official statistics and marketing from 55 inner-city upper-secondary schools. Our findings suggest that the growing commodification and upward socio-spatial homogenization of the inner city both affect the way schools use spatial representations in their marketing and also the strategies deployed by students in their school choice.

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2018. Vol. 39, no 5, p. 623-637
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School choice, educational strategies, urban schooling, privileged spaces
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Educational Sciences Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-157847DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2017.1383884ISI: 000434321900003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-157847DiVA, id: diva2:1223839
Available from: 2018-06-26 Created: 2018-06-26 Last updated: 2018-06-26Bibliographically approved

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