ERIC Number: ED061455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Reference Count: 0
White and Black Careers during the First Ten Years of Work Experience: A Simultaneous Consideration of Occupational Status and Income Changes.
Coleman, James S.; And Others
This analysis examined the major differences in patterns of occupational achievement of blacks and whites during the first decade of labor force experience after last leaving full-time schooling. In large part, the analysis was designed to examine differences in the processes underlying the attainment of two dimensions of achievement, status, and income. The analysis showed directly what the earlier separate analyses of status and income had implied: for whites, status is the dimension of occupational achievement to which background resources are more fully directed, while for blacks, income is the dimension toward which these resources are utilized. The difference between blacks and whites holds both for the initial job and for the job held 10 years later. The strategy of whites--using background resources to obtain jobs in which status is higher relative to income--has long-range implications not just for status but for income, to a much greater extent than is true for blacks. This difference between blacks and whites in the utility of background resources is especially evident in the case of educational attainment. A related study is available as VT 015 025. (Author/BH)
Publication Type: N/A
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for the Study of Social Organization of Schools.