chapter  6
Basic Skills
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Sociologistsaretrainedtofocusongroupmembership,anditsimplicationsbothforindividualbiographyandforthestructureofsociety.Yetin sodoing,theytypicallyslightoneofthecentralmechanismsbywhich groupmembershipaffectsindividuallifechances:differentialskillacquisitionacrosssocialgroups.Inthissectionwereviewwhathasbeendone inanascentfield,whichmightbecalledthesociologyofbasicskillsacquisition.Thisbeginsthetaskofprovidinganinterpretiveframeworkforthe empiricalresultsprovidedinthischapter.