7. While it is true that Rudd et al. (2008) find that class plays no role in determining job outcome, recall that they are examining only the career outcomes for those who succeed in obtaining PhDs, and it is reasonable to expect that class (not to mention race) plays a major role in determining who can go to college or graduate school in the first place. Given that 35% of graduate students have no institutional funding, family wealth obviously must make it easier to afford an anthropological education. Moreover, as Joe Feinberg pointed out to me, social class aside, not everyone “occupies a social position where it is considered appropriate for them to aspire to something like anthropology... coming from a background where there is high pressure to ‘succeed’ with the most prestigious jobs tends to filter out a lot of people; this is just one of many factors, but an interesting one because it doesn’t exactly cut across upper/lower class distinctions (upper class immigrants would be selected against; established middle class natives would be selected for” (personal communication, October 11, 2009).
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