Blau And Duncan's Characteristics

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The figure on page 206 is a “path diagram” created by Blau and Duncan demonstrating how the family income of sons’ resembles their fathers’ to a similar degree. This is known as intergenerational mobility. When preparing the diagram pictured on page 206 only the white men were questioned. The father’s education level, father’s occupation, son’s education and occupation are the four key variables (Kimmel & Aronson, 2012, pg. 206). According to Kimmel and Aronson, 2012, while studying Blau and Duncan’s research they found that the sons’ education and occupation is dependent upon the ascriptive and achieved characteristics. The sons’ ascriptive characteristic comes from the father already having an education and occupation before the son was born.
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