ERIC Number: EJ765275
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Social Mobility and the American Dream: What Do College Students Believe?
Abowitz, Deborah A.
College Student Journal, v39 n4 p716-728 Dec 2005
This paper focuses on college students' views of the American class system and the extent to which they see it as an open system of contest mobility, in which individual effort and ability determine achievement and social standing, or as a system of sponsorship, in which family connections determine class position. The effects of family class position, income, gender, and other status variables are examined. The data come from a confidential survey questionnaire administered to a random sample of 154 undergraduates from a mid-Atlantic liberal arts university. Conclusions and implications of the data are discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
Descriptors: Democratic Values, College Students, Social Mobility, Student Attitudes, Socioeconomic Status, Ability, Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Family Characteristics, Questionnaires, Education Work Relationship, Social Class
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Education Level: Higher Education
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