How Do Graduates and Non-Graduates Imagine Their Lives after Turning 60? a Computer-Assisted Analysis of Open-Ended Survey Responses
From Bourdieu we know that cultural choices are related to individuals’ social positions. Different sports and leisure activities are carried out according to cultural capital level (e.g. education). To test whether answers in the open-ended survey responses from the NCDS show a similar pattern, differences in topical prevalence are analysed by educational level of the respondents (N=7222).
Results show differences in topic prevalence according to academic qualification and gender. Regarding their imagined life one decade later, adult men are more likely to write about playing golf or tennis and watching sport than women. For university education, the findings support earlier research on the frequency of cultural activities carried out. Respondents with an academic degree are more likely to mention terms from the art topic in their answers. In other words, they imagine doing art related activities more often at the age of 60 than respondents without a degree.