Race and Class Matters at an Elite College

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Overview

In Race and Class Matters at an Elite College, Elizabeth Aries provides a rare glimpse into the challenges faced by black and white college students from widely different class backgrounds as they come to live together as freshmen. Based on an intensive study that Aries conducted with 58 students at Amherst College during the 2005-2006 academic year, this book offers a uniquely personal look at the day-to-day thoughts and feelings of students as they experience racial and economic diversity firsthand, some for the first time.
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Amherst College psychology professor Aries breaks new ground with this study of four groups of students ("affluent whites, affluent blacks, whites with high financial needs, limited family education, or both" and similarly situated blacks) based on online questionnaires and individual interviews. Although the classroom is not absent from this study, the author's focus is on the more personal and social "day-to-day experiences" of these students, their perceptions of themselves and others through the lenses of race and class, what relationships they build and how they are informed by identity issues. Aries presents the issues students face when coping with class and race differences, and assesses the "benefits, if any... gained from racial and class diversity." The author's keen sense that these major themes are revealed in students' specific experiences enlivens and informs (for example, how a student's summer plans are affected by race and class). Fully cognizant of the atypicality of Amherst students, she recognizes that "the matters of race and class that students are dealing with on campus were not unique to this institution, [but] are issues being dealt with or avoided throughout the larger society." (Oct.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592137268
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,171,260
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Aries is Professor of Psychology at Amherst College. She is the author of Men and Women in Interaction: Reconsidering the Differences and Adolescent Behavior: Readings and Interpretations.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments vii
1 Becoming a More Diverse College: Challenges and Benefits 1
2 Investigating Race and Class Matters on Campus 13
3 First Encounters with Race and Class 25
4 Negotiating Class Differences 44
5 Relationships across Race and Class 64
6 Learning from Racial Diversity 87
7 Learning from Class-Based Diversity 109
8 Negotiating Racial Issues 131
9 As the Year Ended 154
10 Meeting the Challenges of Diversity 169 Appendix A On-Line Survey Measures 185 Appendix B Interview Questions 189 Notes 193 References 219 Index 231
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