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The NYT on the sociology of occupation and identity:
"Conjure up the classic image of a humanities or social sciences professor, the fields where the imbalance is greatest: tweed jacket, pipe, nerdy, longwinded, secular — and liberal. Even though that may be an outdated stereotype, it influences younger people’s ideas about what they want to be when they grow up. ....
Choosing an occupation is part of fashioning an identity, Mr. Stevens said, noting that people think of themselves as a “corporate type” or a free spirit, which is why you might find highly educated graduates working as bartenders instead of in an office."

(Thanks to Joseph for the heads-up on this one.)

Professor is a Label That Leans to the Left (NYT)


Jess(ica) said…
I really enjoyed this article. It definitely explains why, at times, I don't like to refer to myself as a prosectur... people definitely assume you are conservative. Although now that I've been working here for awhile, at least in urban environments, it seems split about 50-50, liberal-conservative. (And my boss is a big liberal, which helps a lot.)
Jess(ica) said…
And I can't spell "prosecutor" apparently.
Rach said…
Absolutely! Kind of the same reason many of us stopped calling ourselves "Christians" years ago, because of the socio-political assumptions people make. Amazing the power of association. (I found that list of traditionally conservative occupations in the article fascinating, by the way...)

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