The relationship between education and culture

Sociology of Education examines the relationship between education, economy and politics as well as social classes and mobility. Sociology of Education also analyses the relationship between education and culture and its role to both preserve and change the existing society.

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Sociology of Education

Sociology of Education broadly explores education, training, learning and upbringing in relation to other parts of society and pervasive societal processes, such as globalisation and changes in work life. A central focus within Sociology of Education research at the Department of Education is the intersection between students’ and teachers’ various assets and the prevailing order that governs the education system. Another central focus is the development and growth of educational institutions and the relationship between education and other parts of society, such as the worlds of politics, economics and culture. The foundation of Sociology of Education follow more general sociological and historical research traditions.

The majority of studies in Sociology of Education are based on two perspectives. Firstly, we explore educational strategies, i.e. how individuals and groups with different kinds of assets use the educational system. Secondly, we seek to understand the social world within which these strategies develop, i.e. the field of educational institutions. This field does not comprise academic institutions, schools and educational directions per se, but the system of relationships between and among them, the positions they adopt in relation to one another, and the historical development of those positions. A particular area of interest is the relationship between the "baggage" of pupils, students, and teachers (i.e. cultural capital and other assets) and the prevailing social and cultural order of the educational system. Another significant area of interest is the relationship between education and professional careers within distinct social fields, for example economic, political or cultural fields.


At the Department of Education (EDU)

Lisa BackmanAnna Bennich-BjörkmanAnne BergYlva BergströmPeter BernhardssonEmil BertilssonJohan BobergDaniel Bolander BlombergPhilippa Brunner-HeywoodAndré BryntessonMikael BörjessonNubin CiziriAstrid CollsiööTobias DalbergAifric DohertyHenrik EdgrenHåkan ForsbergMette Ginnerskov-DahlbergRebecka GöransdotterAgnes HambergerAshley HaruEmma HellströmLisa HögkilJanne HolménHelena Braga KestenerEsbjörn LarssonEmma LaurinIda LidegranPablo Lillo CeaMoa LindqvistCaitlin McEvoyJoakim OlssonMikael PalmeTommie PeterssonCorinne PlattenJohanna RingarpRicardo Xavier Cevallos SalgadoAnna SolovevaJennifer WaddlingOla Winberg

At other institutions

Donald Broady (Department of Sociology, Uppsala University), Dag Blanck (SINAS, Department of English, Uppsala University), Martin Gustavsson (SCORE, SIR, Stockholm School of Economics), Andreas Melldahl (Department of Sociology, Uppsala University), Maria Törnqvist (Department of Sociology, Uppsala University, Andreas Åkerlund (Department of History and Contemporary Studies, Södertörn University).

Last modified: 2024-02-06