Zimdars, Anna and Sullivan, Alice and Heath, Anthony
Elite higher education admissions in the arts and sciences : is cultural capital the key?
Sociology, 43 (4).
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||This article examines the extent to which cultural capital helps to explain the link between social background and gaining an offer for study at the University of Oxford. We find that cultural knowledge, rather than participation in the beaux arts, is related to admissions decisions. This effect is particularly pronounced in arts subjects. We only partly support Bourdieu’s postulation of cultural capital as the main differentiator between fractions of the middle class. Measures of cultural capital do not account for the gender gap in admission and only explain a small part of the disadvantage faced by South-Asian applicants. This work attracted coverage in the Guardian, and Alice Sullivan was interviewed on the findings on Radio 4's 'Thinking Allowed'.
||Higher education institution, Cultural influences on education
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