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Demerath, Peter
Producing success : the culture of personal advancement in an American high school / Peter Demerath
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2009
book jacket
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 4th Floor  LC205 .D46 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Educational sociology -- United States
High schools -- United States
Academic achievement -- United States
Students -- United States -- Social conditions
Social stratification -- United States
Middle class -- United States
Physical Description xi, 208 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [191]-202) and index
Includes bibliographical references and index
Summary The result of four years at Midwestern "Wilton High," this book seeks to understand the merciless, competitive culture of an upper-middle-class American high school, showing the various things parents, students and community members do to secure different kinds of advantages for themselves and their families
Contents Introduction: Producing success -- Community, home, and school settings -- The Wilton way: middle-class culture and practice -- Parental support, interventions, and manipulations of policy -- The role of the school: institutional advantaging -- Student identity and practice -- Identities for control and success: the acquisition of psychological capital -- Teaching the "point-hungry" student: hypercredentialing in practice -- Costs of personal advancement -- "Generation stress" and school success -- Alienation, marginalization, and incivility -- Conclusions -- Appendix: WBHS 2002 student survey

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