Making Sense of the Social, Making the ‘Social Sense’: The Development of Children’s Perception and Judgement of Social Class

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This article presents an exercise in ‘cognitive class analysis’ by tackling the question of when young children first develop the ability to perceive and judge stereotypical representation of class identity. With the aid of a specifically designed visual methodology, 82 children aged 5 to 12, were asked to combine a series of figures into a set of ‘class families’, to assign different amounts of money to these families, to attribute an occupational status to the parents of each family and to indicate their most and least likeable family. Results show that children prove capable of perceiving and judging class stereotypes at a younger age than previous studies have suggested. A considerable number of 5- and 6-year-olds already demonstrate the ability to classify people on the basis of differences in dress and appearance and effectively recognize these classifications as based on differences in class position. In addition, visible markers of class-status also appear to play a role in shaping children’s preferences for different types of families and playmates.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)696-715
Aantal pagina's20
TijdschriftSociology
Volume55
Nummer van het tijdschrift4
DOI's
StatusPublished - 29 dec 2020

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The author disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: this research was partly enabled by a gracious grant (DEFIS42031) from the Research Council (OZR) of the Free University of Brussels (VUB).

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This article has benefitted immensely from discussions at seminars in London (?Cultural Capital and Inequality in the 21st Century?), Paris (?Rising Inequalities III?) and Brussels (?Thinking through Technique?). I am particularly indebted to John Levi Martin, Muriel Darmon, Mike Savage, Predrag Cveticanin, Giselinde Kuipers, Olav Velthuis and Maaike Jappens for encouraging and critical comments on earlier drafts of this article. I also want to thank the anonymous reviewers of Sociology for their insightful remarks in what are undoubtedly trying and turbulent times, as well as the editors for putting up with my many editorial whims. The author disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: this research was partly enabled by a gracious grant (DEFIS42031) from the Research Council (OZR) of the Free University of Brussels (VUB).

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