The role of internationalisation in the schooling of Brazilian elites: distinctions between two class fractions

Joel Windle, Maria Alice Nogueira

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This paper analyses tendencies that distinguish the internationalisation of education for two class fractions – owners of medium to large businesses and highly qualified university professors and researchers. We identify the importance of cosmopolitan cultural capital, particularly fluency in English, in strengthening the position of both groups and granting them access to an international field of power from which less privileged groups are excluded. Considering the diverging experiences of the two groups compared with Bourdieu’s own findings of a high level of ruling-class cultural unity, we argue that these differences are reflective of the greater heterogeneity of the Brazilian ruling class.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-192
Number of pages19
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2015


  • Bourdieu
  • Brazil
  • cosmopolitanism
  • cultural capital
  • elite
  • internationalisation
  • social inequality

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