Strangers In Paradise

Overview

In this second edition, twenty-four college professors, with roots in the working class, discuss the experience of significant upward mobility and the problems of adjustment to life in the academy. This collection of stories provides revelations about the social class system and academic life in the United States. Each of the autobiographies is prefaced with thoughtful discussions of how certain historical forces have affected the experiences of working class academics and how the United States' social class ...

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Overview

In this second edition, twenty-four college professors, with roots in the working class, discuss the experience of significant upward mobility and the problems of adjustment to life in the academy. This collection of stories provides revelations about the social class system and academic life in the United States. Each of the autobiographies is prefaced with thoughtful discussions of how certain historical forces have affected the experiences of working class academics and how the United States' social class system is tied to higher education. The book connects these twenty-four personal experiences with three themes. First is the dual estrangement theme, whereby the upwardly mobile person lives in two very different worlds. The second theme explores internalized class conflict, where in many cases the different worlds are in serious conflict with each other. Finally the impostor phenomenon theme describes the event of an upwardly mobile person surviving the new environment by becoming someone else all the time. Strangers in Paradise will provide excellent text for courses and seminars in sociology, economics, and education. In addition, almost any person in the academy with working class roots will find some personal interest in this probing and relevant analysis.

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The 24 contributions by university academics from humble origins remain the meat of the book and represent a series of thoroughly readable autobiographical studies.
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The 24 contributions by university academics from humble origins remain the meat of the book and represent a series of thoroughly readable autobiographical studies.
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"The 24 contributions by university academics from humble origins remain the meat of the book and represent a series of thoroughly readable autobiographical studies."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761801429
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.54 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface to Revised Second Edition (1995)
Acknowledgments (1984)
Introduction 1
I U.S. Higher Education After World War II 17
II Upward Bound 45
III The Academic Work Process 71
IV Class Mobility and Internalized Conflict 101
V Acceptance 129
VI Separate Pathways 161
VII Balancing Class Locations 197
VIII Outsiders 245
Conclusion 291
Epilogue (1995) 303
Appendix 307
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