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What Works and What Workers Try: Social Mobility Paths Beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Date and Time: 
Thursday, December 6, 2018. 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Cubberley, Room 207
Workshop: 
Critical Orientations to Race and Ethnicity
Meeting Description: 

Jasmine Hill, PhD candidate in sociology at Stanford University, will workshop her dissertation work on social mobility among communities of color. See below for an abstract of her paper:

For decades, national income inequality has disproportionally disadvantaged communities of color, yet we still struggle to provide solutions on how these communities might get ahead. The consequences of our profoundly unequal society are well documented: escaping poverty is difficult in America, particularly for racial minorities. This dissertation employs a mixed-method approach to 1) study the availability of upward mobility paths for young people of color and 2) observe how opportunity seekers attempt to find these pathways. By following both the "real" paths to the middle class and the perceptions thereof, I measure the space between existing mobility-granting opportunities and the awareness of those opportunities on the ground. This study brings together the limited options that still push low skilled communities of color into the middle class with what those actors are trying in their labor market journeys. In doing so, the work adds to our understanding of how those experiencing inequality are disadvantaged in the labor market, how inequality shapes their awareness of opportunity and how these dynamics vary by race.

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