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Producing Success: The Culture of Personal Advancement in an American High School

Peter Demerath


Middle- and upper-middle-class students continue to outpace those from less privileged backgrounds. Most attempts to redress this inequality focus on the issue of access to financial resources, but as this book makes clear, the problem goes beyond mere economics. The book examines a typical suburban American high school to explain how some students get ahead. The book's author undertook four years of research at a Midwestern high school to examine the mercilessly competitive culture that drives students to advance. The book reveals the many ways the community's ideology of achievement plays ou ... More

Keywords: American high school, social inequality, students, work ethics, class culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226142395
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226142425.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Demerath, author