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

Lois Weis, Kristin Cipollone, and Heather Jenkins

Abstract

Competition around U.S. college admissions, particularly at the most selective colleges and universities, has never been greater, and recent research suggests that where one attends college matters in terms of persistence, graduation, and future opportunities. In this high-stakes environment, parents and students in affluent secondary schools approach preparation for selective admissions as an “arms race,” seeking out opportunities and experiences to differentiate themselves from the rest of college applicants. Drawing upon ethnographic data collected from a purposefully selected tri-school sa ... More

Keywords: social class, secondary to postsecondary pipeline, privilege, college applications process, social reproduction, upper middle class, college access

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226134895
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226135083.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lois Weis, author

Kristin Cipollone, author

Heather Jenkins, author