To what extent is a person’s class culture determined by the environment they are raised in, and to what extent is it determined by their parents’ class culture?
What do I mean? I have noticed an interesting phenomenon:
In owning-class old money families eventually the money runs out and people are forced to raise the children as middle or working class people. However, these children who are raised economically as middle class people, but whose immediate parent was raised owning class old money, end up having the unique aura about them that is almost only present among people who are born owning class.
For example, they may have been raised in a middle class suburb on a middle class budget, but as a result of being raised by parents who grew up owning class, some of the cultural competencies, strengths, leadership aura, and accent rub off on them.
Also, if you compare the cultural style between children of, say, a man who made it big as a first generation construction millionaire and a child of the Rockefellers, the son of the first generation construction millionaire may have owning class style confidence but often have some cultural traits that are working class and have a much easier time blending with blue collar people his or her age.
Have you ever noticed this? A person changes class dramatically on an economic level, but their children despite being raised in the new class culture economically, take on the class culture that their parent was raised in.
This question is similar to the question asked by sociologists studying immigrants: How many generations does it take for an immigrant family to truly assimilate?