Class Warfare : Class, Race, and College Admissions in Top-tier Secondary Schools

Description

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 apparent than in our elite secondary schools. In Class Warfare, Lois Weis, Kristin Cipollone, and Heather Jenkins go inside the ivy-yearning halls of three such schools to offer a day-to-day, week-by-week look at this remarkable drive toward college admissions and one of its most salient purposes: to determine class. Drawing on deep and sustained contact with students, parents, teachers, and administrators at three iconic secondary schools in the United States, the authors unveil a formidable process of class positioning at the heart of the college admissions process. They detail the ways students and parents exploit every opportunity and employ every bit of cultural, social, and economic capital they can in order to gain admission into a "Most Competitive" or "Highly Competitive Plus" university. Moreover, they show how admissions into these schools - with their attendant rankings - are used to lock in or improve class standing for the next generation.

Details

Author(s)
Kristin Cipollone, Heather Jenkins, Lois Weis
Format
Paperback | 288 pages
Dimensions
60 x 90 x 18.03mm | 403.7g
Publication date
13 Jun 2014
Publisher
The University of Chicago Press
Imprint
University of Chicago Press
Publication City/Country
United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
7 tables
ISBN10
022613492X
ISBN13
9780226134925
Bestsellers rank
1,825,594