Analysing the role of structure, agency and institutions in educational transitions in Mexico

Mendoza, Dulce Carolina (2016). 'Analysing the role of structure, agency and institutions in educational transitions in Mexico' Paper presented at the annual conference of the HDCA, Tokyo 2016.

abstract The overarching aim of this paper is to explore the role of structure, agency and institutions in educational transitions in Mexico. More specifically, this paper will discuss empirical findings regarding the extent to which social background, agency-related factors and the institutional differentiation of upper secondary education in the Mexican context influence individual’s capability of attaining higher school transitions. There are two school transitions of interest: completion of upper secondary education instead of dropping out and access to higher education. Binomial logistic regression models are estimated using data from the School dropouts’ survey for Mexico, 2011. Besides, in order to broadening our understanding of the role of social background and individual choices in educational attainment this paper will discuss some insights derived from the integration of the capability approach (Sen, 1992) with classical and contemporary sociological theories. These perspectives are Bourdieu’s theory of sociocultural reproduction (Bourdieu and Passeron, 1977) the sociological version of the rational choice theory (Breen and Goldthorpe, 1997), the maximally maintained inequality approach (Raftery and Hout, 1993) and the perspective of effectively maintained inequality (Lucas, 2001).

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