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Dividing Classes: How the Middle Class Negotiates and Rationalizes School Advantage

 
 
 
 
Dividing Classes: How the Middle Class Negotiates and Rationalizes School Advantage
Author: Ellen Brantlinger
ISBN 13: 9780415932981
ISBN 10: 41593298
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2003-03-23
Format: Paperback
Pages: 264
List Price: $51.95
 
 

In this critical ethnography of U.S. middle class school parents, teachers, and administrators, Brantlinger (curriculum and instruction, Indiana U. Bloomington) examines how relatively advantaged individuals pursue further schooling advantages to the detriment of poorer classes and rationalize their actions. She describes a dissonance between liberal values of equity and preferences for segregated schooling. She also explores class differences between teachers at affluent and disadvantaged schools, describing how teachers from poorer backgrounds oppose class stratification (to reuse the double entendre contained in the book's title) but are not powerful enough to fight it. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR