Widened Participation and Unequal Access to the System of Higher Education in Denmark

Martin D. Munk, Jens Peter Thomsen

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This paper deals with access to Higher Education (HE), more specifically with social differentiation within Danish university field of studies and institutions. We use Danish register data and investigate choice of field of study and choice of university institution while controlling for a range of student background variables. Theoretically we draw on notions of forms of capital and of channelling, diversion and effectively maintained inequality in the educational system. We find that it is important to differentiate not only between fields of studies, but also between university institutions, in explaining the processes of inequality and differentiation in the Danish University system. Here two dimensions are important: the university institutions degree of social selectivity and whether it is has a ‘classic’ university profile (liberal arts) or a more ‘modern’ applied-oriented profile.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date7 Aug 2011
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2011
EventPower and Participation : The 25th Conference of the Nordic Sociological Association 2011 - University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Duration: 4 Aug 20117 Aug 2011


ConferencePower and Participation
LocationUniversity of Oslo

Bibliographical note

Presented at the Fair Admissions Conference in Manchester: The evidence base for fair admissions: can we achieve excellence and social justice? July 7-8, 2011 også præsenteret på the 25th Nordic Sociological Association Conference, August 5-7, 2011

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