Valget af Sosu-uddannelse - Habitus og social reproduktion

Cecilie Dilling Schwarz & Jeanette Stahl Schrøder

Studenteropgave: Speciale


Choosing an educational direction can be difficult especially due to the high amount of choices that are readily available to the individual.
Therefore, the following thesis aims to create an understanding of the what effect the social structures and habitual background of an individual has on the choice of education with a particular focus on the social and health assistant education. In order to research this, we devised two other statements that would lead up to answering the problem statement. These are: The social reproduction is promoting the choice of the social and health assistant education and The Social structure can influence the youth to choose a different education.
To firmly investigate this the thesis is created on a social constructivistic and reflective sociologic foundation and has a rooting in the theoretical teachings of Pierre Bourdieu. With a focus on Capitals and the Habitus. This is paired with other theoretical discourses such as motivation and social reproduction and is based on a literature review of the current literary background of educational studies. The empirical foundation of the thesis is created through a series of qualitative interviews with 4 students enrolled in the social and health assistant education. The profiles of the informants are different in terms of age and gender but through the interviews it becomes clear that the habitual background of the informants is quite similar. Following the interviews, we have transcribed and structured the interviews in order to analyze the interviews based on different themes that were prevalent in the interviews. These are family background and upbringing, interests, assuming the role, the meaning of the education, the level of the education and ends up in an aggregation of the analysis with a focus on structures, Habitus and the social and health assistant. After the analysis we have used the findings of the analysis to discuss the results in relation to the theoretical foundation of the thesis in order to prove or disprove the problem statement.
Based on this we have concluded that based on the empirical data there is a tendency that shows that the social structures and habitual background does have an influence of the choice of education. In this we can prove the first thesis while the second thesis remains unclear because it appears that the students has created some illusion about the reasons for choosing this education over others. We are however aware that this is a qualitative analysis and therefore it only shows a tendency as it is based on an empirical examination of four students. It is however interesting as it shows that the habitual background does have a clear influence of the behaviour of an individual.

UddannelserPædagogik og Uddannelsesstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato3 sep. 2018
Antal sider99
VejledereSteen Baagøe Nielsen


  • uddannelse
  • social reproduktion
  • uddannelsesvalg
  • Habitus
  • Opvækst