Aug 16 2018
Revenge of the nerds: Cultural capital and adolescent elites
Vegard Jarness (NIFU), in cooperation with Willy Pedersen (UiO) and Magne Flemmen (UiO), have published a research article in Poetics. The article concerns cultural capital, status hierarchies and symbolic boundaries among adolescent elites. The empirical analysis is based on qualitative interviews and elucidates how knowledge and symbolic mastery can function as a form of cultural capital. The article also shows how the students draw symbolic boundaries between “us” and “them”, both internally at Schola Osloensis and when it comes to groups at other upper-secondary schools in Oslo. An important finding is that even ideals of cultural openness and tolerance can function as a basis for group formation, status hierarchies and symbolic boundaries. More generally, the article contributes with crucial insights to the debate about how we can understand tensions between egalitarian ideals and symbolic demarcations in Norwegian society.
The article can be found here: “Revenge of the nerds: Cultural capital and the politics of lifestyle among adolescent elites”.Tweet