Class Consciousness as Cultural Capital among High-SES Parents of Children with Disabilities

Pnina Gal-Jacob, Avihu Shoshana

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Abstract

This article proposes to examine the parenting features of high socioeconomic class (SES) parents of children with disabilities. This examination also enables us to clarify to what extent high-SES parenting of children with disabilities aligns with the prevailing research on high-SES parenting of children without disabilities. To resolve this question, semi-structured interviews were conducted with high-SES parents of children with disabilities in Israel. The findings indicate that, in addition to financial advantages, these parents hold a clear class consciousness (enacted as cultural capital), which translates into advantages for their children. To that end, the study found four manifestations of cultural capital among high-SES parents in their approach to special education. The discussion offers a critical interpretation concerning how class consciousness serves as cultural capital among high-SES parents of children with disabilities, thus producing and maintaining inequity in the special education system.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSociological Inquiry
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StateAccepted/In press - 2024
Externally publishedYes

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