An empirical look at why children of parents who have high levels of education tend to perform better at school and end up with more desirable jobs.
Why do parents who have high levels of education tend to have children who perform better at school, stay at school longer, and end up with more desirable jobs? Researchers have evidence of how distinct factors affect educational and occupational success, but significantly less understanding of the actual mechanisms involved. This work uses new Australian data to investigate those mechanisms, examining how cultural participation and parental encouragement affect adolescent and adult stratification outcomes in advanced modern society. Crook develops theoretical accounts of the possible mechanisms linking family background with socioeconomic success and tests competing hypotheses using a synthetic approach drawing on the strengths of the two distinct traditions of social stratification research.
Preface Introduction Theoretical Approaches and the Relationships among Family Background, Education, and Occupation Research Orientation and Design High-Culture Consumption and the Dimensionality of Cultural Practices in Australia Adolescent Outcomes: Cultural Practices, School Success, and Educational Attainment Adult Outcomes: Occupational Success and Adult Cultural Practices Summary and Conclusions Appendices Bibliography Index