Globalisation, Youth Expectations and Social Class: The Case of Sri Lanka

International Journal of Educational Development, Forthcoming

Posted: 11 Feb 2008

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Angela W. Little

University of London - Institute of Education

Ricardo Sabatés

Faculty of Education; Centre for International Education

Abstract

Whether economic globalisation is associated with a narrowing or a widening of the social class gap between the education and occupation expectations of Sri Lankan youth is examined through a test of four hypotheses.

Methodologically the study employs the estimated parameters from a system of seemingly unrelated equations for testing hypotheses. Youth expectations for education and occupation are higher than those of their parents when youth. Social class effects vary among youth and fathers and mothers when youth. The occupational expectations of youth show a widening gap between the middle and low social classes. In all other comparisons, the gaps are positive, indicating a widening, but none attains statistical significance. Causal explanations are explored and the implications for future investigations are identified.

Keywords: youth expectations, social class, globalisation

Suggested Citation

Little, Angela W. and Sabatés Aysa, Ricardo, Globalisation, Youth Expectations and Social Class: The Case of Sri Lanka. International Journal of Educational Development, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1091260

Angela W. Little

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Ricardo Sabatés Aysa (Contact Author)

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