Department of Education

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 analyzes the relationship between education and culture and its role to both preserve and change the existing society.

Sociology of Education

Sociology of Education explores formation, education, teaching, upbringing and learning in relation to other parts of society and to radical social processes, such as globalisation and changes taking place in the world of work. A central problem area in the research into Sociology of Education conducted in the Department is the encounter between the different kinds of assets possessed by pupils, students and teachers and the prevailing order in the educational system. Another problem area is the growth and development of educational institutions and the relationship between education and other social fields, such as culture, economics or politics. As a discipline, Sociology of Education is based on more general traditions of research in social and historical sciences.

Most studies into the Sociology of Education are based on two perspectives. On the one hand we explore educational strategies, i.e. how individuals and groups with different kinds of assets use the educational system, and on the other we seek to understand how the social world looks 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 history that has created those positions. One focus of particular interest is the relationship between what pupils, students and teachers have in their “baggage” (cultural capital and other assets) and the social and cultural order that prevails in the educational system. Yet another significant area of interest is the relationship between education and professional careers within distinct social fields such as economic, political or cultural ones. The majority of projects are based on a historical perspective.

Sociology of Education is headed by Mikael Börjesson, Ida Lidegran and Mikael Palme. Large parts of the research activity are carried on in association with the research group for Sociology of Education and Culture (SEC), Uppsala University.

Contact

Mikael Palme
Acting Head of Department

Mikael Börjesson
Responsible for Sociology of Education

Ida Lidegran
Responsible for Sociology of Education

Ylva Bergström
Responsible for the Advanced Seminar in Sociology of Education

Participants

Participants in the Department of Education (EDU)

Ylva Bergström, Emil Bertilsson, Mikael Börjesson, Carina Carlhed, Josef Dahlberg, Tobias Dalberg, Alexander Ekelund, Susanne Engström, Håkan Forsberg, Anita Göransson, Josefine Krigh, Germund Larsson, Emma Laurin, Ida Lidegran, Sofia Lindgren, Christin MaysAndreas Melldahl, Ingrid Nordqvist, Mikael Palme, Max Persson, Johan Prytz, Hassan Sharif, Maria Törnqvist, Ola Winberg, Mira Öhlin.

Participants at other institutions

Donald Broady (Department of Sociology, Uppsala University), Dag Blanck (SINAS, Department of English, Uppsala University), Paul Fuehrer (Department of Sociology, Uppsala University), Martin Gustavsson (SCORE, SIR, Stockholm School of Economics), Christin Mays (Hugo Valentin Center, Uppsala University), Mona Mårtensson (Department of Sociology, Stockholm University), Andreas Åkerlund (Department of History, Uppsala University).