The gaze of educational researchers has traditionally been turned 'down' toward the experiences of communities deemed at-risk, presumably with the purpose of improving their plight. Indeed, theorizing about the relationship between education, culture, and society has typically emerged from the study of poor and marginalized groups in public schools. Seldom have educational researchers considered class privilege and educational advantage in their attempts at understanding inequality and fomenting social justice. This collection of groundbreaking studies breaks with this tradition by shifting the gaze of inquiry 'up,' toward the experiences of privilege in educational environments characterized by wealth and the abundance of material resources. This edited volume brings together established and emerging scholars in education and the social sciences working critically to interrogate a diversity of educational environments serving the interests of influential groups both within and beyond schools. The authors investigate the power relations that underlie various contexts of class privilege. They shed light into the ways in which the success of a few relates to the failure of many.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Lois Weis v
1 Introduction: Why Study Up? Rubén A. Gaztambide-Fernández Adam Howard 1
2 Preparing for Power: Twenty-Five Years Later Peter W. Cookson Jr. Caroline Hodges Persell 13
3 Educating for Hegemony, Researching for Change: Collaborating with Teachers and Students to Examine Bullying at an Elite Private School Brett G. Stoudt Peter Kuriloff Michael C. Reichert Sharon M. Ravitch 31
4 A Part and Apart: Students of Color Negotiating Boundaries at an Elite Boarding School Rubén A. Gaztambide-Fernández Raygine DiAquoi 55
5 Stepping Outside Class: Affluent Students Resisting Privilege Adam Howard 79
6 Getting In: How Elite Schools Play the College Game Shamus Rahman Khan 97
7 The Effects of Parents' College Tier on Their Offspring's Educational Attainments Joseph A. Soares 113
8 Class Dismissed? The Social-Class Worldviews of Privileged College Students Jenny M. Stuber 131
9 Pageantry, Pedagogy, and Pandorea: Literacies of the Southern Belle June Newman-Graham 153
10 On Not Seeming Like You Want Anything: Privileged Girls' Dilemmas of Ambition and Selflessness Beth Cooper Benjamin 173
11 Conclusion: Outlining a Research Agenda on Elite Education Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández Adam Howard 195
About the Contributors 211
What People are Saying About This
Class counts, and it counts in crucial ways in education. Adam Howard and Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández have provided us with a set of important and nuanced analyses of how elite class institutions and understandings work in a system that is riven with class relations. This is a significant book for anyone who cares about elitism in education in this society.
A great collection. Elite schooling is important not only because it defines the ladders others must climb to move up in the world, but also because it represents powerful families' best guess about the future their children will inherit. Educating Elites quickly will become required reading for any serious student of inequality in America.
A fresh and interesting collection that contains a number of pieces by talented young scholars....highly recommended.