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Producing success : the culture of personal advancement in an American high school

Author: Peter Demerath
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2009.
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The result of four years at Midwestern "Wilton High," this book seeks to understand the merciless, competitive culture of an upper-middle-class American high school, showing the various things parents, students and community members do to secure different kinds of advantages for themselves and their families.

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Demerath, Peter.
Producing success.
Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2009
(DLC) 2009013806
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Demerath
ISBN: 9780226142425 0226142426 9780226142418 0226142418 9780226142395 0226142396
OCLC Number: 592756271
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 208 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Introduction: Producing success --
Community, home, and school settings --
The Wilton way: middle-class culture and practice --
Parental support, intervention, and policy manipulation --
The role of the school: institutional advantaging --
Student identity and practice --
Identities for control and success: the acquisition of psychological capital --
Teaching the "point-hungry" student: hypercredentialing in practice --
Costs of personal advancement --
"Generation stress" and school success --
Alienation, marginalization, and incivility --
Conclusions --
Appendix: WBHS 2002 student survey.
Responsibility: Peter Demerath.


Middle- and upper-middle-class students continue to outpace those from less privileged backgrounds. This title examines a typical suburban American high school to explain how some students get ahead.  Read more...


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