Reading and Lecture Notes - Hochschild

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Social Problems SOCY 2031 Spring 2010 Reading and Lecture Notes: Hochschild Hochschild is a symbolic interactionist and you can clearly see the emphasis here on ideas and meaning but this particular work also demonstrates ideas originating in the critical theory perpective. [Some wording has been paraphrased to clarify] The most important point Hochschild is making is that American values, while virtuous in principle are subject to the reality of outcome and in practice are not fully realized. Further, in the process of believing them to possess their full virtue in practice as well as principle we actually enhance injustice rather than diminish it. The American Dream: if you work hard and play by the rules you should be given a chance to go as far as your God-given ability will take you. The Four Questions: Who? - "everyone, regardless of ascriptive traits, family background, or personal history." What? - "the reasonable anticipation, though not the promise, of success, however it is defined." How? - "through actions and traits under one's own control."
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