- Lani Guinier - testocratic merit
- Armstrong and Hamilton - social class mobility
- Pierre Bourdieu - forms of capital (financial, cultural, social)
The second concept of my thesis highlights Armstrong and Hamilton's analytic term: social class mobility. This term, from "Paying for the Party" is important to understand as it describes how those with limited resources are less prone to upward mobility, even with academic success. The upward pathway is distorted as the already wealthy are typically more prone to mobility, while those in the lower class are confound to their class or greatly restricted by many obstacles. The authors further explicate it with the idea of social closure and social class reproduction among classes, contributing to the lack for upward class mobility.
The final concept in my thesis draws on another term from Armstrong and Hamilton. Limited class resources refers to the resources of determined students' parental class. This term is defined by Pierre Bourdieu's dimensions of capital. The three forms of capital defined by Bourdieu are financial, cultural, and social. Higher amounts of the three parental class capitals greatly advantage students in higher education. The forms are interdependent, as high amounts of one form of capital typically indicated wealth in the other two, as well.