ABSTRACT

Here we analyse survey data to situate actors within the institutional history in which they are entrenched. Using the idea of ‘social trajectory’, we argue that our upper middle-class interviewees have adopted cultural and/or political repertoires depending on their position in the history or temporality of the transmission of capitals, namely the type of school they attended, the professions or occupations they have held, and their educational and employment experiences with public and private institutions. Educational and occupational trajectories are generally consistent with one another. Connecting with previous chapters, in this one we conclude that a ‘networked pragmatic’ subjectivity is the result of capital inheritance, going to private school, having a pro-entrepreneurial occupation, and experiences in both public and private institutions, although with greater emphasis on the latter. By contrast, an ‘individualised’ view is the consequence of relatively high salaries, receiving private – especially Catholic – schooling, doing a job that is less organisationally focused, and having very limited contact with public institutions. Thirdly, ‘communitarian individualism’ stems from relatively low salaries and no inheritance of property; education at public or state-subsidised schools; performing intermediate, secretarial, or technical jobs; and having a relatively strong and ongoing experience of public institutions.