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

Authors

  • Carl-Filip Smedberg Uppsala University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36368/njedh.v8i1.208

Keywords:

Post-war Sweden [efterkrigstidens Sverige], history of the education sciences [utbildningsvetenskapernas historia], social group [socialgrupp], social class [samhällsklass]

Abstract

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.

Author Biography

Carl-Filip Smedberg, Uppsala University

Doctoral Student at the Department of History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University

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Published

2021-09-23

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