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These KidsIdentity, Agency, and Social Justice at a Last Chance High School$
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Kysa Nygreen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226031422

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226031736.001.0001

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Introduction: The Paradox of Getting Ahead

Introduction: The Paradox of Getting Ahead

(p.1) Introduction: The Paradox of Getting Ahead
These Kids

Kysa Nygreen

University of Chicago Press

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to explore the impact of school failure on the identity formation of youths who find themselves at the bottom of a vastly differentiated educational hierarchy. “These kids,” as they are referred to here, are variously labeled with terms like troubled, at-risk, and low achieving. The chapter also discusses the paradox of getting ahead as well as the book's theoretical foundations and arguments and methodology. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   school failure, identity formation, youths

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