This book is intended to bring greater nuance to the study of inequality and higher education. Rather than focusing on human capital and students' experiences inside the classroom, the author highlights the ways in which the experiential core of college life-the social and extra-curricular worlds of higher education-operates as a setting in which social class inequalities manifest and get reproduced.
Jenny M. Stuber is associate professor of sociology at the University of North Florida.
Chapter 1: Inside the College Gates: Education as a Social and Cultural Process Chapter 2: New Student Orientation: How Class and Culture Matter for Settling into College Life Chapter 3: At the Activities Fair: How Class and Culture Matter for Becoming Involved at College Chapter 4: Pulled In or Pushed Out?: How the Organizational Habitus Matters for Working-Class Students' Extra-Curricular Involvement Chapter 5: Ahead of the Class?: The Social Class Worldviews of Upper-Middle-Class Students Chapter 6: Class is in Session: The Social Class Worldviews of Working-Class Students Chapter 7: Lessons Learned: Theoretical and Practical Conclusions