oct 27 - Week 10: The Role of Individuals’...

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Unformatted text preview: Week 10: The Role of Individuals’ Aspirations October 27th, 2010 Ain’t No Making It • Objective: to understand the occupational aspirations and expectations of the Hallway Hangers and the Brothers, how these aspirations and expectations are formed • Distinguishing between aspirations and expectations o Aspirations: personal preferences o Expectations: constraints COMPARE AND CONTRAST Hallway Hangers The Brothers • Predominantly white • Predominantly Black • Clarenton Heights • Clarenton Heights • No movement • Migrated from the South • Siblings did poorly • Older siblings excelled • Low sense of parental authority • High sense of authority • Solidarity • Peer Network • More Experience in Jobs • Less access to jobs • Why aspirations??? o Theoretical Framework: Social Reproduction Theory Identifies the barriers to social mobility, barriers that constrain w/out completely blocking lower ­ and working ­class +Cultural capital!! individuals’ efforts to break into the upper reaches of the class structure Leveled aspirations are a powerful mechanism by which class inequality is reproduced from one generation to the next. • How do the Hallway Hangers explain their leveled aspirations and pessimistic expectations? o Negative assessments of capabilities? o The opportunity structure? ...
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