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.
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