Class Construction: White Working-Class Student Identity in the New Millennium

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Class Construction explores class, racial, and gender identity construction among white, working-class students. Delving into River City High School, Freie asks what happens to the adolescent children of working-class families when economic changes such as globalization and technological advancements have altered the face of working-class jobs. Mass consumerism, greater availability of college level education, lack of a cohesive class identity, and racial and religious politics all combine to create a new working-class identity for today's youth. Featuring interviews with the River City High School students, Class Construction aims to understand how class is conceptualized among American, working-class youths. Class Construction is ideal for courses on sociology, education, gender studies, and American studies, as well as high school educators and administrators.

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Lois Weis
Set against massive shifts in the global economy, which has destabilized the traditional working class,Class Construction: White Working-Class Student Identity in the New Millennium deftly probes the present and future of today's white working-class youth as they plunge forward in the midst of America's jobless recovery. Employing ethnographic methods set firmly within changing structural context, Freie's book is a "must read" for anyone who desires to learn more about the repositioning of working class youth in the midst of intesnified attendance at colleges coupled with the declining value of a college credential, the tight job market in the United States, and radically changing domestic roles inside a group traditionally wedded to hegemonic masculinity. Freie's work is sure to become a classic with respect to class rearrangement at the turn of the century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739115473
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 6/7/2007
  • Pages: 138
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Carrie Freie is assistant professor of education at Penn State Altoona.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Welcome to River City Chapter 2 Girls at River City High School Chapter 3 Boys at River City High School Chapter 4 Peer Groups Chapter 5 "Normal" White Kids Chapter 6 Conclusions

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