The roles of reputational competition and positional goods in maintaining patterns of inequality

Presentation by: Roger Dale, of the Centre for Globalisation, Education and Societies, United Kingdom.


One notable feature of the landscape of Universities is the growing prominence of particular forms of inter-University competition, in particular of reputational competition, typically mediated through ‘league tables. It may be considered that this, alongside a formal audit culture, will replace or reduce the ‘positional’ significance of University qualifications. This presentation will seek to show that and how this is not the case, and discuss the implications of this for continuing inequality production through higher education, including possible mitigation through changing modes of valorisation.

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