Department of Sociology

Symbolic boundaries in social space

Vegard Jarness has recently published the article “Viewpoints and Points of View: Situating Symbolic Boundary Drawing in Social Space” in the journal European Societies.


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In this methodological article, Jarness demonstrates how Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of social space and Michèle Lamont’s concept of symbolic boundaries can be fruitfully combined in cultural-stratification research. The analysis also shows how Multiple Correspondence Analysis is compatible with other research techniques, such as qualitative in-depth interviews. Focusing on the case of Stavanger, Norway, the analysis details how symbolic boundary drawing takes on different forms along the two primary dimensions of social space: between those endowed with high and low volumes of capital on the one hand, and, on the other, between those endowed with a preponderance of cultural capital and those endowed with a preponderance of economic capital.