Final BR

In the New York Times editorial (via the San Antonio Express-News) by David Brooks entitled The Uncanny Power of Friendship (August 4, 2022), why does Brooks say that cross-class friendships are a better predictor of upward mobility than school quality, job availability, community cohesion or family structure? Do you think most informed Americans would agree with Brooks that social range is important to help people realize the American Dream? Provide examples from any of your reading, your conversations with other Americans or your experience to support your evaluation of the author's assertion.

Social Capital I: measurement and associations with economic mobility by Raj Chetty in Nature.

"Affordance" on Wikipedia

Venturing Our Selves by David Henreckson in Comment

"Crossing Class Lines" by Stéphane Côté and Michael W. Krauss in The New York Times

Social Class Clash: A Dyadic Model of Social Affiliation in Cross-Class and Same-Class Interactions by Stephane Cote and Michael Kraus et al.


All finals should be turned in to me via e-mail by Wednesday, December 14 [2022] by 6:00 PM.