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Education, Social Class, and Participation in Collective Action

Ronnelle Paulsen
Sociology of Education
Vol. 64, No. 2 (Apr., 1991), pp. 96-110
DOI: 10.2307/2112881
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2112881
Page Count: 15
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Education, Social Class, and Participation in Collective Action
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Abstract

In this article, social class effects in the political socialization found in education are examined in relation to individual participation in collective action. It is proposed that the way school reinforces the family socialization of class position and the class-related structure of education produce a sense of political efficacy among middle-class students. An analysis of data from a nationwide longitudinal survey of high school seniors shows that political efficacy, being a leader in school organizations, taking college preparatory courses, and attending school in an urban setting encourage later activism among students from families with moderate to high levels of socioeconomic status.

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