Horizontal Stratification in Access to Danish University Programmes

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Abstract

In this paper we use register data to investigate social stratification within fields of study and university institutions in Denmark. We argue firstly, that it is important to utilize a relatively detailed classification of parents’ occupation, in order to single out how students are endowed with different resources, even when their parents would normally be characterized as belonging to the same class. Secondly, we distinguish between disciplines as well as between university institutions in explaining the dynamics of social stratification in the Danish University system. Several dimensions are found to be important: the degree of social stratification in different fields of study − separating classical from more vocational disciplines − and the degree of social stratification prevalent at the university institution − whether it has a liberal arts university profile or one that favours more applied subjects.
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In this paper we use register data to investigate social stratification within fields of study and university institutions in Denmark. We argue firstly, that it is important to utilize a relatively detailed classification of parents’ occupation, in order to single out how students are endowed with different resources, even when their parents would normally be characterized as belonging to the same class. Secondly, we distinguish between disciplines as well as between university institutions in explaining the dynamics of social stratification in the Danish University system. Several dimensions are found to be important: the degree of social stratification in different fields of study − separating classical from more vocational disciplines − and the degree of social stratification prevalent at the university institution − whether it has a liberal arts university profile or one that favours more applied subjects.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftActa Sociologica
Volume/Bind61
Tidsskriftsnummer1
Sider (fra-til)50-78
ISSN0001-6993
DOI
StatusUdgivet - feb. 2018
PublikationsartForskning
Peer reviewJa

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