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Negotiating OpportunitiesHow the Middle Class Secures Advantages in School$
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Jessica McCrory Calarco

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190634438

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190634438.001.0001

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Negotiating Opportunities
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Jessica McCrory Calarco

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190634438.003.0008

Chapter 7 answers a number of lingering questions about the processes that generate inequalities in schools. Drawing both on data from the current study and on an analysis of prior research, this chapter discusses the significance of class-based strategies and how they change as students move through school. It examines how gender and race might matter in shaping students’ interactions with teachers, how class-based patterns might vary across schools with different types of characteristics, and the extent to which students might learn class-based behaviors from their peers. The findings in this chapter highlight the difficulty involved in trying to learn new class-based behaviors, either through exposure to peers or through more formal training.

Keywords:   gender, race, ethnicity, achievement, inequality, classroom, social class, middle school, peer effects, school composition

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