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Pathways into professions and the aspirations gap

23 July 2019
12:30 - 14:00


Presenter: Dr Michael Cosser, Democracy, Governance & Service Delivery research programme, HSRC

Date: 23 July 2019   
Time: 12h30  – 14:00   
Venues:  Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town | Vidyo

The capacity to aspire, according to Appadurai (“The capacity to aspire: Culture and the terms of recognition”, 2004), is not equally available to all in a society. The well-resourced have a much higher capacity to aspire than do the poorly resourced because “the better off, by definition, have a more complex experience of the relation between a wide range of ends and means, because they have a bigger stock of available experiences of the relationship of aspirations and outcomes, because they are in a better position to explore and harvest diverse experiences of exploration and trial, because of their many opportunities to link material goods and immediate opportunities to more general and generic possibilities and options” (p.68). This seminar will explore how Appadurai’s notion of aspiration, together with Ray’s theory (in “Aspirations, poverty and economic change”, 2006) of the “aspirations gap”, impacts on students’ choice of profession and the pathways they follow to get there.

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Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference Room, 1st  floor HSRC Library, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria.
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Durban: HSRC Video Conference Room, The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001.
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The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST

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