Cultural Knowledge and Social Inequality

  title={Cultural Knowledge and Social Inequality},
  author={Annette Lareau},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={1 - 27}
  • Annette Lareau
  • Published 29 January 2015
  • Economics
  • American Sociological Review
Using both qualitative longitudinal data collected 20 years after the original Unequal Childhoods study and interview data from a study of upwardly mobile adults, this address demonstrates how cultural knowledge matters when white and African American young adults of differing class backgrounds navigate key institutions. I find that middle-class young adults had more knowledge than their working-class or poor counterparts of the “rules of the game” regarding how institutions worked. They also… 

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