Degrees of Inequality Culture, Class, and Gender in American Higher Education

ISBN-10: 1421405741
ISBN-13: 9781421405742
Edition: 2012
Authors: Ann L. Mullen
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Book details

List price: $24.50
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 2/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Degrees of Inequality reveals the powerful patterns of social inequality in American higher education by analyzing how the social background of students shapes nearly every facet of the college experience.Even as the most prestigious institutions claim to open their doors to students from diverse backgrounds, class disparities remain. Just two miles apart stand two institutions that represent the stark class contrast in American higher education. Yale, an elite Ivy League university, boasts accomplished alumni, including national and world leaders in business and politics. Southern Connecticut State University graduates mostly commuter students seeking credential degrees in fields with good job prospects.Ann L. Mullen interviewed students from both universities and found that their college choices and experiences were strongly linked to social background and gender. Yale students, most having generations of family members with college degrees, are encouraged to approach their college years as an opportunity for intellectual and personal enrichment. Southern students, however, perceive a college degree as a path to a better career, and many work full- or part-time jobs to help fund their education.Moving interviews with 100 students at the two institutions highlight how American higher education reinforces the same inequities it has been aiming to transcend.

Ann L. Mullen is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Toronto.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Yale and Southern
The High School Years
Deciding to Go to College
Choosing Colleges
Going to College
Majors and Knowledge
Conclusion
Note on Methodology
Bibliography
Index

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