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Exit ZeroFamily and Class in Postindustrial Chicago$
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Christine J. Walley

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226871790

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226871813.001.0001

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Places Beyond

Places Beyond

(p.89) Chapter Three Places Beyond
Exit Zero

Christine J. Walley

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explores the author's own experiences with upward mobility traveling between Southeast Chicago and an elite East Coast boarding school. Conservatives often respond to critiques of class divisions in the United States by emphasizing possibilities for upward mobility. They depict upward mobility as a relatively straightforward process at the heart of the American dream. However, such assumptions downplay both the personal and familial ambivalence that can accompany upward mobility and fail to explain why the collective upward mobility that once characterized industrial regions like Southeast Chicago has been replaced by a narrower focus on isolated individuals getting ahead.

Keywords:   upward mobility, boarding school, Southeast Chicago, class divisions

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