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The Unheavenly ChorusUnequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy$
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Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba, and Henry E. Brady

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154848

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154848.001.0001

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Unequal at the Starting Line: The Intergenerational Persistence of Political Inequality

Unequal at the Starting Line: The Intergenerational Persistence of Political Inequality

(p.177) 7 Unequal at the Starting Line: The Intergenerational Persistence of Political Inequality
The Unheavenly Chorus

Kay Lehman Schlozman

Sidney Verba

Henry E. Brady

Princeton University Press

This chapter takes into account information about parents' education and political involvement and about the home political environment, which adds another dimension to the persistence of inequalities of political voice. These processes, in short, work across generations. Those who had well-educated parents are, for two reasons, more likely to be politically active as adults. For one thing, they are more likely to have grown up in politically stimulating homes with parents who were politically active and an environment of frequent political discussion. More important but less often noticed, because educational attainment is likely to be handed on across generations, those whose parents were well educated are more likely to become well educated themselves, with consequences for the acquisition of many other factors that encourage political participation.

Keywords:   family background, parental education, political involvement, home politics, educated parents, educational attainment

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