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Class WarfareClass, Race, and College Admissions in Top-Tier Secondary Schools$
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Lois Weis, Kristin Cipollone, and Heather Jenkins

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226134895

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226135083.001.0001

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Race and Class Matters

Race and Class Matters

(p.143) Chapter Six Race and Class Matters
Class Warfare

Lois Weis

Kristin Cipollone

Heather Jenkins

University of Chicago Press

In this chapter we focus more directly on individualized and felt treatment of low-income Black students in a context in which difference manifests itself in the school's environment in particular kinds of ways. To be clear, we address felt peer racism but we do not have evidence from White and/or privileged students of color, or participant observation data, that validate such treatment directed towards this group. Significantly, however, the topic surfaced strongly among low-income Black students, making such felt treatment as linked to the nature of their “outsider within” status, important to unpack. As part of this discussion, we additionally take up the position of privileged multi-generational Black students and the privileged children of “flexible immigrants” of color in elite private schools. We then examine the college destination patterns of all students included in this book. We intentionally break from strong ethnographic form to probe, at a more deeply analytical and theoretical level, the meaning behind data reported here and in earlier chapters. At times, then, we go well beyond the actions and words of the participants themselves in order to theorize, in new ways, class and race productions.

Keywords:   college destinations, facially neutral racial policies, colorblind racism, socio-cultural experiences, habitus, transition from middle school to high school, college outcome patterns, selectivity

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