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Educational Upward Mobility

Practices of Social Changes

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Antonia Kupfer
    Pages 1-2
  3. Antonia Kupfer
    Pages 29-41
  4. Antonia Kupfer
    Pages 42-55
  5. Antonia Kupfer
    Pages 165-167
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 168-184

About this book


What enables the few working-class people who enter higher education to achieve against the odds? This book offers answers by comparing social contexts, educational institutions and policies in Austria and England to demonstrate a surprising number of similarities behind those who succeed using Bourdieu's concept of habitus.


Social mobility Social inequality Working-class education Gender in education Higher education Vocational education Bourdieu Habitus Biographical narrative interviews Austria England education higher education Institution methodology mobility Pierre Bourdieu social change

About the authors

Antonia Kupfer is Professor of Macrosociology at the Technical University Dresden, Germany.

Bibliographic information


“Educational Upward Mobility by Antonia Kupfer is a thought provoking monograph of international comparative research. … Kupfer’s scholarship examines the structural dimensions which inform how working-class people become aspirational. … essential reading for scholars interested in social mobility and the formation of aspirations.” (Garth Stahl, British Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 65 (1), 2017)