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Class warfare : class, race, and college admissions in top-tier secondary schools

Author: Lois Weis; Kristin Cipollone; Heather Jenkins
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2014.
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Stories abound about the lengths to which middle- and upper-middle-class parents will go to ensure a spot for their child at a prestigious university. From the Suzuki method to calculus-based physics, from AP tests all the way back to early-learning Kumon courses, students are increasingly pushed to excel with that Harvard or Yale acceptance letter held tantalizingly in front of them. And nowhere is this drive more  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lois Weis; Kristin Cipollone; Heather Jenkins
ISBN: 9780226134895 022613489X 9780226134925 022613492X
OCLC Number: 859446751
Description: ix, 292 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Class, race, and college admissions in a changing US context --
Schooling in privileged spaces --
Class practices and the college process in a suburban, public high school: creating distinction around the highly selective college-going self --
Micromanaging the college admissions process: leaving nothing to chance at Matthews Academy --
"Outsiders within": relative opportunities for low-income black students in elite private secondary schools --
Race and class matters --
Class, race, and postsecondary destinations in new global circumstances --
Epilogue: details and reflections on theory and methods.
Responsibility: Lois Weis, Kristin Cipollone, and Heather Jenkins.

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