While stories of working-class and minority students overcoming obstacles to attend and graduate from college tend to emphasize the individualistic and meritocratic aspect, this book - based in extensive empirical study of American high school classrooms, and in theories of social and cultural capital - examines the social relations that often underpin such successes, highlighting the significant formal and informal academic interventions by educators and other education professionals.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Theoretical Foundation: Educational Social and Cultural Capital 3. Pivotal Moments That Produce Habitus Change 4. Educational Outcomes of a Hybrid Working/Middle-Class Habitus 5. The Transformative Power of Educators 6. Educator-Student Relationships That Shape College Aspirations and Academic Success 7. Conclusion
Roberta Espinoza is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University, Fullerton.