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Knowing one’s class: Women’s upward mobility in Sweden - Lena Sohl

Datum: 2015-09-30
Tid: 13:00-15:00
Plats: Karlstad
Arrangör: Karlstads University
Typ: Seminar

Knowing one’s class: Women’s upward mobility in Sweden - Lena Sohl

The possibility to be upwardly mobile by means of higher education played an important role in the formation of the idea of the welfare state project in Sweden. However, class barriers affect participation in higher education for the working-class. At the same time, in the public Swedish debate, narratives about upward class mobility are constantly told as success stories, with emphasis on the individual’s “escape” from the working class. I suggest that it is crucial to go beyond the idea of upward mobility as a national Swedish success story in order to understand what these success stories do not tell us.

In: seminarierum 5A:415