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Published: 05 April 2018

272 Pages | 2 illustrations


ISBN: 9780190634445

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Negotiating Opportunities

How the Middle Class Secures Advantages in School

Jessica McCrory Calarco

  • Includes observations and interviews with students, parents, and teachers over the course of five years of longitudinal ethnographic research
  • Reveals how inequalities result from complex (and often well-meaning) interactions between children, parents, teachers, and schools
  • Traces social class-based inequalities from their origins at home to their consequences in school
  • Argues against deficit-oriented programs that teach middle-class behaviors to working-class students in order to bridge the gap in educational outcomes