Class and Conformity: A Study in Values (POD)

Class and Conformity: A Study in Values (POD)

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Melvin Kohn

First published in and augmented by the author with a new essay in , Class and Conformity remains a model of sociological craftsmanship. Kohn's work marshals evidence from three studies to show a decided connection between social class and values. He emphasizes that occupation fosters either self-direction or conformity in people, depending upon the amount of freedom from supervision, the complexity of the task, and the variety of work that the job entails. The extent of parents' self-direction on the job further determines the value placed on self-direction for their children; thus, Kohn finds, is the most critical and pervasive factor distinguishing children raised in different socioeconomic classes.

ISBN: 9780226450261

376 pages

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