Measuring inequalities in higher education: a politics of science

Measuring inequalities in higher education: a politics of science

Journal: London Review of Education
Year: 2011
Authors: Goastellec G
Publisher: London Review of Education
At a time when rankings and the production of data on higher education systems multiply,
this article questions the actors’ configuration linked to the transformation of statistical
indicators into frames used to read the inequalities of access to higher education. Who says
what and with what results? Who is responsible for making social facts become things? The
comparison and characterisation of the available inequality indicators regarding access to
international databases (UNESCO, OECD, EUROSTAT) and national ones (Germany,
France, Switzerland and the UK) question the tensions between the various discourses and
the indicators produced and interrogate the deep national inscription of these indicators.
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