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

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Lexington Books, 2007 - 127 pages
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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Contents

Introduction Welcome to River City
1
Girls at River City High School
21
Boys at River City High School
45
Peer Groups
73
Normal White Kids
95
Conclusions
109
Bibliography
117
Index
121
About the Author
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Carrie Freie is assistant professor of education at Penn State Altoona.

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