Class and Conformity

Class and Conformity

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First published in 1969 and augmented by the author with a new essay in 1977, 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.With minor revision, the coding manual has proved usable for processing the final interview data. The coding operation has been the closely coordinated effort of a small group of peoplea€” principally Margaret Renfors, Mimi Silber- ... She agreed with the original codera#39;s classification of each question at least 95 percent of the time. ... Since this level of agreement was reached under the special circumstances of everyone knowing that this was a reliability study, we employed a third test.

Title:Class and Conformity
Author: Melvin Kohn
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 1989-09-15

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