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Adolescence and Work by Dorothy Eichorn, David Stern

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3Dreams and Aspirations in the Status Attainment Model

Alan B. Wilson

University of California, Berkeley

Education is the influence exercised by adult generations on those that are not yet ready for social life. Its object is to arouse and to develop in the child a certain number of physical, intellectual and moral states which are demanded of him by both the political society as a whole and the special milieu for which he is specifically destined.

In sum, education, far from having as its unique or principal object the individual and his interests, is above all the means by which society perpetually recreates the conditions of its very existence.

—Emile Durkheim (1956, pp. 71, 123)

Insofar as individuals interact in a society or subsociety ...

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