Title

Social Class Sentiments in Formation: Influence of Class Socialization, College Socialization, and Class Aspirations

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2-2016

Publication Title

The Sociological Quarterly

DOI

10.1111/j.1533-8525.2006.00055.x

ISSN

1533-8525

Abstract

What explains social class sentiments among public university students? This empirical study uses a distributional model to define social class, which places students and their families with comparable resources over time into similar class locations. We survey a sample of students enrolled in four different schools at a large public midwestern university. The research finds that examining experiences with past, present, and anticipated or aspired future class locations is necessary for understanding the attitudes and beliefs associated with class that are held by young adults. We contend that future research designed to validly measure class consciousness or class sentiments must recognize that for some segments of the general population, class sentiments are not fixed, but are in a process of formation.

Comments

Copyright and Open Access: http://sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0038-0253/

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