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ERIC Number: EJ912511
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1057-0314
Socializing Messages in Blue-Collar Families: Communicative Pathways to Social Mobility and Reproduction
Lucas, Kristen
Western Journal of Communication, v75 n1 p95-121 Jan 2011
This study explicitly links processes of anticipatory socialization to social mobility and reproduction. An examination of the socializing messages exchanged between blue-collar parents (n = 41) and their children (n = 25) demonstrate that family-based messages about work and career seldom occur in straightforward, unambiguous ways. Instead, messages take several paths (direct, indirect, ambient, and omission). Further, the content of messages communicated along these paths often is contradictory. That is, sons and daughters receive messages that both encourage and discourage social mobility. Ultimately, these individuals must negotiate the meanings of family-based anticipatory socialization communicated to them through a mix of messages. (Contains 2 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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