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Is American Dreaming? Understanding Social Mobility (Video)
“Striking new research on inequality: ‘Whatever you thought, it’s worse’”
Using Status Symbols and Cultural Capital to Show that You Belong
Explain social mobility
OER Text material
Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World Chapter 8 Sections 1 and 3. Section 8.1 discusses different systems of stratification and the difference between closed and open systems. Section 8.3 discusses vertical mobility and inter/intra generational mobility, but not horizontal mobility. Instructors might consider supplementing this chapter with material from Open Stax and several of the supplemental material listed for this objective.
Open Stax section 9.2- provides a fine summary social mobility and defines key terms.
Supplementary Material (Videos and Reading)
Great ~ 4 minute video by the Brookings Institution on social mobility that includes a discussion of mobility and other demographics such as race and whether or you are raised by married parents.
This is a short article in the Washington Post on social mobility published in 2016. Research on social mobility in the U.S. over time is discussed.
This is a 5:30 minute video in which cultural capital is defined and examples are provided. Could be used in a face to face class or copied into an online course.
Data in the News. Data on social mobility and discussion of how upward mobility has stalled. It is 2014 data, but captures change over time. Will need updated soon.