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Immigrant Incorporation, Education, and the Boundaries of Belonging

  • Stefan Lund

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Stefan Lund
    Pages 1-16
  3. Ann-Sofie Holm, Marianne Dovemark
    Pages 17-39
  4. Anna Ambrose
    Pages 41-63
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 127-131

About this book


In this edited volume, authors analyze how symbolic boundaries of belonging are negotiated and reflected upon by school actors in different educational contexts and how that contributes to a richer understanding of the ways in which "we-ness" acts as a fundamentally structuring force in immigrant incorporation. The analyses draw on cultural sociologist Jeffrey Alexander's work on civil sphere theory, thus grasping both the solidaristic dimensions of incorporation and processes of exclusion. Chapters are guided by two major themes: school choice/ethnic school segregation and religion/faith in schooling. Both of these themes provide rich examples of how immigrant school actors negotiate the symbolic codes that define boundaries of belonging/non-belonging in different communities. This focus will broaden the understanding of how educational practices and formal schooling works in relation to immigrant incorporation into different school cultures, as well as in the Swedish civil sphere.


symbolic boundaries school choice Jeffrey Alexander class struggle multicultural incorporation civil sphere

Editors and affiliations

  • Stefan Lund
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EducationStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

About the editors

Stefan Lund is Associate Professor of Education at the Department of Education at Stockholm University, Sweden. His research interests revolve around cultural sociology, sociology of education, educational policy, multicultural education, and sociology of sport. 

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