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Publication . Article . 2021

Klass i begåvningsreservens tidevarv: Taxonomiska konflikter inom och genom svensk utbildningsforskning, ca 1945–1960

Carl-Filip Smedberg;
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Published: 01 Jan 2021 Journal: Nordic Journal of Educational History, volume 8, pages 59-79 (issn: 2001-7766, eissn: 2001-9076, Copyright policy )
Publisher: Umea University Library
Country: Sweden

Class in the age of the pool of talent: Taxonomic struggles in and through Swedish education research, c. 1945–1960. This article studies conceptualisations of social class in Swedish education research, c. 1945–1960. The article follows knowledge produced about talent and class in state commissions and in the newly expanded social sciences, and how it in turn was interpreted and used in political debates and in the media. I show that the taxonomy of the population in social groups (Socialgrupper) was key for conceptualising notions of talent and framing education policy, beginning with debates around ”the pool of talent” (Begåvningsreserven) in 1948. At the same time as becoming a standard tool for mapping social difference in Sweden, the social group taxonomy was criticised for being unscientific.


History, Education, Post-war Sweden, history of the education sciences, social group, social class, Efterkrigstidens Sverige, utbildningsvetenskapernas historia, socialgrupp, samhällsklass, History of Ideas, Idé- och lärdomshistoria, Post-war Sweden [efterkrigstidens Sverige], history of the education sciences [utbildningsvetenskapernas historia], social group [socialgrupp], social class [samhällsklass], History of education, LA5-2396

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