Soc 427 8-31-16
Soc 427 8-31-16 Soc 427
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Soc 427 8-30-16 Inequality through generations Inequality can be passed through generations by economic factors o Ability to invest in college o Economic issues cause time constraints in families Less time for extracurricular activities Less time for parents to spend with child (teaching them, reading with them, helping them with homework) o Parent’s income Cultural capital: skills you learn from your parents that help you navigate through certain institutions o Different from social capital, which is the connections and networks you have that can help you succeed in institutions Cultural knowledge o A specific form of cultural capital o “Rules of the game” o Knowing how institutions work o Lareau finds cultural knowledge to be one of the most important yet understudied impacts on class status Habitus o The outcome of the socialization process that lets you know what you’re comfortable with o Shapes the amounts and forms of cultural capital you’ll be able to inherit and use as you confront a variety of institutions Cultural guides o People who help decode the rules of the game so you can better navigate the system o Mentors o Parents, teachers, coaches, friends, etc. Class reproduction o The default mechanism o Will happen unless there is intervention and mentorship o Working class kids will be working class adults Children who grow up in working class or poor families will not be as well prepared to navigate through the institutions of college, the professional workplace, healthcare, etc. Children from working class families are taught to obey authority, so they are less likely to ask questions to get them what they need o Or, they may not even know what questions they need to ask Children from upper-middle class families are more confident in asking for what they need o They are also more likely to have parents who can teach them how to navigate institutions o If their parents went to college (which they likely did), they can teach their child how to apply and thrive in college
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