May 06, 2016
from 04:15 PM to 06:00 PM
|Where||Seminar Room, Social Anthropology|
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Dr Hadas Weiss (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)
Human Capital and the Middle-Class Family
In my new book manuscript We Have Never Been Middle Class, I discuss the middle class as an ideological construct, showing it to suggest powers that the people it represents do not possess, for purposes that are not their own, and with consequences that are not to their benefit. In this talk, I focus on one its manifestations – the drive to invest in the acquisition of skills and credentials that usually go under the heading of human capital. Drawing on fieldwork material from Israel, I describe how investment in human capital crystalizes the way in which a middle-class ideology works in general, and specifically, how it mobilises and shapes family relations.