Social Capital in Development of Girls’ Educational and Occupations

Social class and race differences in young women's social capital can determine the development of their educational and occupational plans. The inequality in adolescent social capital occurs by social class and, within class, by race, in access to high-status adult ties, and in the successful mobilization of those ties to procure resources.
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Inequality in social capital contributes to disparities in young women’s future plans. Three forms of adolescent social capital, which vary by social class and race, are: sponsored social capital, insulated social capital, and restricted social capital. By elucidating differences in social capital at a critical period of the life course, considering the full range of adults upon which young people may rely in the transition to adulthood, it is conceivable how these processes contribute to class and race disparities in adolescent future plans.

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