Social Inequality Despite or Due to Educational Expansion?

Thursday, 14 July 2016: 16:00-17:30
Location: Hörsaal 47 (Main Building)
RC04 Sociology of Education (host committee)

Language: English

There is substantial empirical evidence that the educational background of parents plays an important role in the educational path of their offspring: pupils of families with higher educational background are more likely to enter university then pupils with medium (vocational) or lower educational family background. In consequence, they are themselves better educated and, therefore, have better chances to obtain jobs in higher positions. In many industrialized countries, politicians have tried to react to this reproduction of social inequality by encouraging young people to choose an academic over a vocational education. Whereas the increase in higher educated people may lead to higher productivity levels, it remains unclear whether the academic expansion is actually reducing social inequality.

This session welcomes papers that provide empirical evidence or theoretical explanation to social inequality despite or due to educational expansion. Under the assumption that higher positions in the society are limited and that there is an increasing oversupply of persons who are formally suited to perform high-qualified jobs, the question arises as to how selection processes for those higher positions are organized. Do persons with lower or medium educational family background really have with a given academic degree equal chances in achieving a higher position in the labor market? Or do other factors like social capital play a more important role? Or, further applying these questions at the macro-level: Are the increase in the number of academics and the educational expansion, a development that promotes overcoming social inequality or does it even foster it?
Session Organizer:
Tobias MAIER, Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training, Germany
The Social Embeddedness of the Influence of Higher Education Expansion on Graduate Employability
Pepka BOYADJIEVA, Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge, BAS, Bulgaria; Petya ILIEVA-TRICHKOVA, Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge, BAS, Bulgaria
Educational Expansion, Egalitarian Individualism and Neoliberalism
Ralph FEVRE, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
Skills, Inequalities, and Overeducation: The Perverse Effects of Educational Expansion in Poland
Anna KIERSZTYN, University of Warsaw, Dept. of Philosophy and Sociology, Poland
Consequences of Private Tutoring for Educational Attainment: The Case of South Korea
Inhoe KU, Seoul National Universty, South Korea; Jung-Eun KIM, Seoul National University, South Korea; Hyerim LEE, Seoul National University, South Korea
Educational Reform, Delayed Education and Social Inequality in Germany
Oliver WINKLER, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany