The Making of Social Values: Education and Social Class

  • Paula SurridgeEmail author
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The author of this chapter uses two scales – the economically orientated “socialist-laissez faire” (or “left-right”) scale, and the politically orientated “liberal-authoritarian” scale – to consider the effects of education on values. The impact of the interaction between education and social class analysis on social values is formally tested using multivariate models. These models show that for “left-right” values there is an interaction between social class and education – with those holding degree level qualifications within higher social classes more likely to hold “left wing” positions than those with other educational qualifications.


Educational Attainment Social Class Educational Qualification Social Location Degree Level 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of BristolBristolUK

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