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Knowledge Society, Educational Attainment, and the Unequal City: A Sociospatial Perspective

  • Education plays a key role in knowledge society, since, from a meritocratic perspective, it opens up fair opportunities for well-paid jobs, thereby increasing social mobility and well-being more generally. In order to foster their economic competitiveness, cities are therefore encouraged to engage in knowledge-based urban development by trying to provide good schools and world-class universities to attract the “creative class.” However, meritocracy is a “myth,” as access to educational opportunities is itself socially biased. With the example of Heidelberg, a so-called “knowledge pearl,” we show how knowledge-institutions, such as the university, may shape socioenvironmental contexts in ways conducive to spatially selective access to—and use of—educational opportunities. Instead of reducing social polarization, knowledge-institutions may instead (re-)produce inequalities.

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Author:Michael Hoelscher, Ulrike Gerhard, Editha Marquardt
DOI:https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-78597-0_2
ISBN:978-3-030-78596-3
Parent Title (English):Space, Place and Educational Settings
Serie:Knowledge and Space; 16
Publisher:Springer
Place of publication:Cham
Editor:Tim Freytag, Douglas L. Lauen, Susan L. Robertson
Document Type:Part of a Book
Language:English
Year of Completion:2021
Publishing Institution:Deutsche Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften
Release Date:2021/12/13
Page Number:25
First Page:7
Last Page:31
Documents ordered by chairs:Lehrstuhl für Hochschul- und Wissenschaftsmanagement (Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Hölscher)
Access Rights:Frei zugänglich
Licence (German):License LogoUrhG – es gilt deutsches Urheberrecht