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Inside the College Gates
To date, scholars in higher education have examined the ways in which students' experiences in the classroom and the human capital they attain impact social class inequalities. In this book, Jenny Stuber argues that the experiential core of college life-the social and extra-curricular worlds of higher education-operates as a setting in which social class inequalities ...more
ebook, 208 pages
Published July 16th 2011 by Lexington Books
(first published June 15th 2011)
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There are two schools of thought re: sociology and school:
1. Schools enhance access and equity. Expansion of higher ed gave birth to American middle class (Kerbo 2009). “Schooling does function as a corrective to racial inequalities (Condron 2009; Downey et al 2004) and that social mobility is strongly predicted by how much education a person completes (Blau and Duncan 1967; Sewell and Hauser 1975) (5).
2. Educational institutions play a “‘sifting and sorting’ role whereby the contribute to ...more
Inside the College Gates does a very nice job illustrating how social class affects the college/university experience, and how institutions of higher education function as sites of social reproduction. Using in-depth interviews of upper-middle and working class students at two different types of schools, Stuber documents how the economic and cultural capital these students bring with them to campus significantly influences how these students experience college life. She also demonstrates how ...more
Jul 25, 2013 Mckinley rated it did not like it · review of another edition
A study of the social aspects of college. She focuses on white students and I don't think one can focus only on one race in the US and still feel that class has been sufficiently addressed. I also have trouble when a study uses interview methodology with small sample sizes (68 spread over 2 institutions). I'd rather read a book by a person describing their experience and there are many of those books available. She conducted the study over the 2003-4 academic year, why did it take until 2011 to ...more