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Producing SuccessThe Culture of Personal Advancement in an American High School$
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Peter Demerath

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226142395

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226142425.001.0001

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Introduction Producing Success

Introduction Producing Success

(p.1) Introduction Producing Success
Producing Success

Peter Demerath

University of Chicago Press

The implications of the Wilton Way for how schooling is carried out in the community examined here, particularly in its “Blue Ribbon” high school are described in this chapter where its cultural basis, meaning the interconnected set of meanings, beliefs, and practices that underlie, are explained. The negative effects of the unswerving orientation to individual advancement are also discussed, including achievement-oriented students' struggles to habituate to stress and fatigue; and the marginalization of many African American students. Mead became a true public intellectual, used her comparative knowledge of different human societies to discuss critically various aspects of American culture. In 2006, Atlantic Monthly identified her as one of the “most influential figures in American history,” stating that she made anthropology “relevant — and controversial.” In March 2002, a grounded survey was administered to 605 students based in part on the observational and interview data, and the intent of the project was to achieve an in-depth understanding of the class cultural processes in the community.

Keywords:   Wilton Way, achievement-oriented students, Atlantic Monthly, class cultural processes, community, schooling

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