Cultural capital, identity, and social mobility [electronic resource] : the life course of working-class university graduates / Mick Matthys ; translated by Naomi Perlzweig.
- New York : Routledge, 2013.
- Routledge Advances in Sociology
Routledge advances in sociology ; 79
Routledge Advances in Sociology
1 online resource (283 p.)
- Social mobility.
College graduates -- Social conditions.
Working class -- Social conditions.
- Electronic books.
- "This qualitative study explores the meaning of working-class origin in the life and career of university graduates. Social transition from a working-class background to a middle-class milieu results in loyalty conflicts and communication barriers. The lack of social and cultural capital and the absent sense of an assertive self-presentation are pivotal barriers to gaining management functions. Positions in certain key sectors are not necessarily allocated according to professional capacity, but to obscure social connections, regulated by cultural codes and tests. Matthys approaches social mobility as a trajectory of identity construction in which different classes are integrated, and uses the notion of identity capital to interpret and discuss the meaning of the individual drive in social mobility. "-- Provided by publisher.
- Cover; Cultural Capital, Identity, and Social Mobility; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of Tables; Preface; 1 (When) Working Class-Children Enter Academic Learning: Problem Formulation, the Field and Method; 2 A Tough Life?; 3 Identity, Context and Agency; 4 A Firm Foundation; 5 A Successful Transformation; 6 Career and Life; 7 Hicks and Proletarians; 8 Reflections: The Part I Have Played; 9 Abstract and Conclusions; Appendix: List of Respondents; Notes; References; Index
- Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Perlzweig, Naomi.
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