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The Cost of Inclusion: How Student Conformity Leads to Inequality on College Campuses

Blake R. Silver


Young people are told that college is a place where they will “make friendships that will last a lifetime.” What happens when students arrive on campus and enter a new social world? The Cost of Inclusion delves into this rich moment to explore the ways young people seek out inclusion and its emotive counterpart, a sense of belonging. To illuminate the college social scene, Blake R. Silver spent a year immersed in student life at a large public university. Silver paired ethnographic observation with in-depth interviews with first-year college students in order to understand how individuals sear ... More

Keywords: belonging, culture, extracurricular, first-year, gender, higher education, identity, inclusion, race, students

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226703862
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226704197.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Blake R. Silver, author
George Mason University