How Parents Help Their Children Get Good Jobs
By (author) Fiona Devine
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Class Practices by Fiona Devine
Book DescriptionThis important new book is a comparative study of social mobility based on qualitative interviews with middle-class parents in America and Britain. It addresses the key issue in stratification research, namely, the stability of class relations and middle-class reproduction. Drawing on interviewee accounts of how parents mobilised economic, cultural and social resources to help them into professional careers, it then considers how the interviewees, as parents, seek to increase their children's chances of educational success and occupational advancement. Middle-class parents may try to secure their children's social position but it is not an easy or straightforward affair. With the decline of the quality of state education and increased job insecurity in the labour market since the 1970s and 1980s, the reproduction of advantage is more difficult than in the affluent decades of the 1950s and 1960s. The implications for public policy, especially public investment in higher education, are considered.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521006538
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 29-Apr-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Fiona Devine
Doing Social Science, Paperback (September 2009)
Each chapter in this book takes a cutting-edge empirical study and uses it to explore and explain key theoretical and methodological concepts. The text gives students invaluable insight into the constraints, issues and possibilities of doing real social research. This is essential reading for all students of social science.
Social Inequalities in Comparative Perspective, Hardback (December 2003)
This unique collection of original essays brings a comparative perspective to issues of social inequality. First-rate sociologists from around the world have contributed to this exciting and rigorous volume, drawing upon their own research in the fields of race and ethnicity, class and inequality, and gender and sexuality.
Renewing Class Analysis, Paperback (September 2000)» View all books by Fiona Devine
An unusual mix of theoretical reflections and high quality empirical studies around the study of class and stratification. Articles included from well known and international contributors. Contains contributions from a number of leading sociologists whose research has not hitherto been used to reflect on debates in class analysis.
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Author Biography - Fiona Devine
Fiona Devine is Professor of Sociology at Manchester University and has been a visiting fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She has published extensively and is a former Chair of the editorial board of the journal Sociology.
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