Low income college-educated people: recognition, self-fulfillment and protest

Yariv Mohar

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Abstract

A new strand of writing in political philosophy deals with the linkage–rather than the tension–between politics of recognition and politics of redistribution. This scholarship usually deals with two-dimensionally subordinated groups (e.g. poor ethnic minorities). In this case study, I explore empirically how such linkages may be manifested in regard to a mismatched status group. Focusing on low-income college-educated people (LICEP), and going beyond the traditional status inconsistency approach, I have explored how LICEP frame their social positioning mostly in terms of self-fulfillment and recognition. This is at odds with LICEP having a pivotal role in social protests globally. Taken together, the findings yield a configuration of a few recognition-redistribution interactions: Low material reward is experienced as misrecognition; LICEP-centered social protests are also about recognition of their lifestyle and are characterized by self-fulfillment potential for this group (i.e. creative environment); and the different modalities of self-fulfillment work as sources for LICEP activists’ biographies. This specific configuration takes us beyond abstract notions of the recognition-redistribution linkage and the double subordination examples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-305
Number of pages20
JournalDistinktion
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Sep 2018

Keywords

  • college graduates
  • New class
  • politics of recognition
  • protest
  • redistribution
  • self-fulfillment
  • status inconsistency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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