Departmental Papers (Sociology)

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Families as They Really Are

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The advantages and disadvantages associated with social class position build up over time, creating huge developmental differences in the course of growing up. This chapter discusses how development is shaped by social class position and, how the processes associated with class position are either mitigated or amplified over the early part of the life course. By early adulthood, gaping disparities exist between children growing up in disadvantaged and advantaged families. I discuss how these trajectories pose special problems for less advantaged youth making the transition to adulthood due to the need for resources to pay for higher education.

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Originally published in Families as They Really Are by W.W. Norton & Company, Inc © 2010.



Date Posted: 04 August 2017