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Creating a Class by Mitchell Stevens
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Nov 13, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: academic, non-fiction, sociology, college-life, education
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It would be hard for me to say enough good things about this book -- Stevens does a masterful job marshaling participant observation data that in less skillful hands might fall flat. His findings not only offers insights about the role of academics, race, and athletics in elite college admissions; Stevens also creates a powerful argument (and genuine innovation in the sociology of education) connecting the rise of higher education in the United States, the transition from a Fordist to a post-Fordist economy, and the emergence of what Annette Lareau terms "concerted cultivation" as the primary method of middle-class child rearing. The concluding chapter contains so much thoughtful analysis and raises so many questions that I can only hope it will somehow be a springboard for his next project.

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