Updating occupational prestige and socioeconomic scores
Social stratification theories, however, differ in their views of the concept of prestige.
Wegener points out that theories vary primarily in their suppositions of the foundation on which prestige is based, that is, achievement, esteem, honor, or charisma.
People rate the ‘general standing’ of an occupation (the most common question).
It is taken to be a measure of occupational prestige and hence of the social status of occupations.
The TSEI scores ranged from 7 to 81 for both Do D and CPS fathers.
Figure 7.1 shows the distribution of TSEI scores for active duty, Reserve Component, and CPS fathers.
This paper describes the design of the 1989 General Social Survey module on occupational prestige and evaluates the quality of its data.Available data included the zip code of a recruits current address and associated statistics from census data.While this type of data is useful for demographic trend analysis and advertising and marketing research, it is not reliable for comparing socioeconomic representation in the military to that of the general population.The occupational data in Table 7.5 show that Do D parents were underrepresented in certain high-prestige occupational categories, such as executive and professional occupations.Socioeconomic index scores summarize the differences in prestige between occupations, as assessed by the education required and the earnings provided.
The term prestige itself refers to the admiration and respect that a particular occupation holds in a society.