Sociology 101 - Discussion Questions Week 12 - 1 Sociology 101 Section 11 Discussion Questions Making It by Faking It Working-Class Students in an Elite

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Sociology 101 Section 11 Discussion Questions “Making It by Faking It: Working-Class Students in an Elite Academic Environment” By: Robert Granfield 1.) According to Granfield what do working-class students need to know before going on interviews? Granfield argues that before any working-class student can obtain a job, they must know what their job recruiter is looking for. “Recognizing that job recruiters seek homogeneity is an important lesson that upwardly mobile working-class students must learn if they are to gain admission into high status and financially rewarding occupations” (Granfield 130). Many students who were looking for resume boosters and tips on how to present themselves better for an interview, realized shortly after that mostly nothing matter besides one factor, where they came from. Working-class students who come from working families and backgrounds are not “supposed” to come off as unique but quite the opposite. They are resemble the interviewer as much as they can because high-status recruiters want their workers to “fit in” and be just like them. Many figured out that it did not even matter how much they knew about law or a certain subject, but rather what type of person they were and what they could be changed into to fit the firm and reflect their powerful clients. 2.) According to Granfield, what happens to working-class students who try to “fake it?” Granfield argues that both high-status individuals and working-class individuals feel the need to conceal. “Concealing one’s social class circumstances and the stigma that may be associated with it assist individuals in dealing with any rejection and ostracism that may be forthcoming were the person’s actual status known” (Granfield 128). However, 1
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