Not one of them: Women's experience of the middle class
Опубликовано на портале: 19-05-2004University of Kansas , 2001
|Тематические разделы:||Социология, Экономическая социология, Экономическая социология: Социально-экономическая дифференциация. Бедность, Социальная стратификация|
This research explores how social class works in the professional middle class with White and Black women and Latinas. Using focus groups, homogeneous by race/ethnic group and class biography, to investigate their experiences, I compared women who come from less privileged classes with those who have always been middle class. My primary questions were to discover how they became the women they are today and how they experience their professional lives, predominantly in the workplace. By focusing on motivational influences, obstacles and resources, I was able to reveal the workings of class and the intersectionality of race, class and gender. This exploratory study shows differences based on class biography in who and how young women are influenced to pursue their education and career aspirations. Additionally, I uncovered four significant findings pertaining to their professional lives. First, the intersection of race and class with gender is more a process than a static identity. Second, class biography remains salient but unrecognized by Movers. Third, attribution for perceived failure varies by class biography. And, fourth, how women are dealing with issues at work varies based on the intersection of race, class and gender.