10.19.06 notes - 1. A classic study: Melvin Kohns class and...

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1. A classic study: Melvin Kohn’s class and conformity a. Question: Does the social class of a parent shape the traits most desired in children? b. Method: Data: survey evidence -400 2-parent families -All children between 10-11 yr old -A mix of middle and working class Procedures i. Presented parents with 17 characteristics of children ii. Ex. That they are: good student, curious, good mannered, happy, and obeys parents iii. Limited parents to a choice of 3 traits a. Which three things listed on the card would you say are the most important in a boy/girl of X’s age? Findings (only data on boys) % of mothers who select each characteristic iv. Interpretations a. 2 distinctive goals of socialization: conformity and self direction i. Conformity: an emphasis on a child’s obedience to authority 1. Common in middle class families ii. Self-Direction: an emphasis on internal dynamics (judgment and conscience) 1. Common in middle class families b. Why? Kohn’s argument i. Parental values are shaped by occupational experience
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2008 for the course SOCI 1101 taught by Professor Beck during the Fall '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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10.19.06 notes - 1. A classic study: Melvin Kohns class and...

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