Study shows education is ultimate status symbol

THE hand wringing can stop. Research shows education, not bling, is perceived by many of SA’s township youth as indicative of status. The perception that SA’s youth are materialistic is widespread, and underscored by subcultures such as izikhothane. Skhothane youths compete against each other in front of crowds to determine which of them is wealthier, often through the intentional destruction or wasting of expensive personal items, demonstrating indifference to their cost, with the implication that more are easily afforded. “We found that status is found in some material things,” says Piet Geustyn, research manager at BrandsLaduma…..more

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