Pathways into professions and the aspirations gap
HSRC Seminar series
Presenter: Dr Michael Cosser, Democracy, Governance & Service Delivery research programme, HSRC
Date: 23 July 2019
Time: 12h30 - 14:00
Venues: Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town | Vidyo
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The capacity to aspire, according to Appadurai (“The capacity to aspire: Culture and the terms of recognition”, 2004), is not equally available to all in a society. The well-resourced have a much higher capacity to aspire than do the poorly resourced because “the better off, by definition, have a more complex experience of the relation between a wide range of ends and means, because they have a bigger stock of available experiences of the relationship of aspirations and outcomes, because they are in a better position to explore and harvest diverse experiences of exploration and trial, because of their many opportunities to link material goods and immediate opportunities to more general and generic possibilities and options” (p.68). This seminar will explore how Appadurai’s notion of aspiration, together with Ray’s theory (in “Aspirations, poverty and economic change”, 2006) of the “aspirations gap”, impacts on students’ choice of profession and the pathways they follow to get there.
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