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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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The Wilton Way: Middle-Class Culture and Practice

The Wilton Way: Middle-Class Culture and Practice

(p.27) Chapter One The Wilton Way: Middle-Class Culture and Practice
Producing Success

Peter Demerath

University of Chicago Press

This chapter describes the community examined in this book and the Wilton Way and details the more-or-less shared beliefs that comprise this ideology, including the distinctiveness of the community, community members' awareness of competition, expectations for individual success, and paramount beliefs in the importance of self-worth. The cja[ter shows how class cultural beliefs underlie the local philosophy of schooling, and discusses how this fluid linkage between the community and its schools was a key point of articulation in this cultural system. Details of the Wilton Way are provided in this chapter because it gave the ideological basis for how its residents lived their everyday lives, including the parenting practices, school policies, student identities, and academic strategies. It is noted that nearly ten years earlier, the cultural psychologist William Damon (1995) referred to such parenting styles as “overindulgent.”

Keywords:   Wilton Way, community, self-worth, class cultural beliefs, schooling, parenting practices

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