Privileges of children born into wealth and the fate of the poor ones (Part 1)

8 Sept 2022

How do children from wealthy families compete better than their counterparts from less wealthy children?

The simple explanation is that they attend premium schools and gain access to their parents' network of powerful connections. The "silver spoon" youngsters indeed have access to additional advantages, sometimes at the expense of their less privileged friends, that help them succeed in life. Cultural Capital and Organized Cultivation are two of them.  I will be dueling on Cultural Capital and later address the second part in my subsequent article.

The pool of social resources that can increase a person's chances of success in life is known as cultural capital. It covers things like a person's preferences, speech pattern, pastimes, mannerisms, accent, etc.

Experts like French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu have demonstrated that wealthy children use their store of cultural capital to gain an advantage over children from disadvantaged families.

Younger children are more likely to learn a second language if their parents come from affluent social strata.
They are also introduced to the enlightening world of literature at a young age, unlike their less fortunate contemporaries. The privileged children read the works of famous authors like Chaucer, Rumi, Homer, William Wordsworth, Robert Frost, Chinua Achebe, and others while their pre-teen counterparts watch cartoons. Children of wealthy parents are also more likely to be musically inclined. And chances are that they are admiring artwork at some of the most famous museums in the world while they are not playing their guitars. Many of them are therefore already familiar with the works of the masters before they turn 12: Diego Velázquez, Jackson Pollock, Henri Matisse, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Rembrandt, and so on.

Additionally, there are numerous photos on their Instagram sites from meals they had while in Moscow or Paris, such as caviar or escargots de Bourgogne. Children of the wealthy are also individuals who enroll in those esoteric wine tasting classes, where wine experts instruct them on how to tell the difference between valuable wine from high elevation and wine from lower elevation.

And while these wealthy youths engage in the important business of wine tasting, their peers from underprivileged origins would likely be flipping burgers at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant located at a "low elevation."

However, students from both disadvantaged and rich backgrounds must prepare essays that assess the depth of their general knowledge throughout the university application season. When faced with this problem, wealthy children draw on their vast, varied experience. Their peers from less wealthy homes find it challenging to fill their cup.

Kids from affluent households may also suffer when it comes to applying for high paying employment. What would happen if a recruiter from a high-rise building who firmly believes that animals should not be killed "savagely" but instead put down mercifully by a laser beam conducted an interview with a butcher's child?

The butcher's child is likely to get a follow-up email that says: "Dear Billy, it was great talking with you. Given our different worldviews and the tendency of recruiters to hire people they can relate to.

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1 Comment

It is sad reality sha but this shouldnt discourage anyone. It always pays to work hard regardless. I really love this article.