Class Construction : White Working-Class Student Identity in the New Millennium
Class Construction: White Working-Class Student Identity in the New Millennium explores the identity development of a group of white working-class high school students in a de-industrialized area of the Northeast. This ethnographic study explores class, racial and gender identity construction, and focuses on the ways the students' perceptions of their current and future classed, raced, and gendered selves are negotiated within the context of the school structure.
- Paperback | 140 pages
- 152.4 x 226.06 x 12.7mm | 226.8g
- 02 Jul 2008
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: Welcome to River City Chapter 2 Girls at River City High School Chapter 3 Boys at River City High School Chapter 4 Peer Groups Chapter 5 "Normal" White Kids Chapter 6 Conclusions
Set against massive shifts in the global economy, which has destabilized the traditional working class,Class Construction: White Working-Class Student Identity in the New Millennium deftly probes the present and future of today's white working-class youth as they plunge forward in the midst of America's jobless recovery. Employing ethnographic methods set firmly within changing structural context, Freie's book is a "must read" for anyone who desires to learn more about the repositioning of working class youth in the midst of intesnified attendance at colleges coupled with the declining value of a college credential, the tight job market in the United States, and radically changing domestic roles inside a group traditionally wedded to hegemonic masculinity. Freie's work is sure to become a classic with respect to class rearrangement at the turn of the century. -- Lois Weis, State University of New York Distinguished Professor, author of Class Reunion: The Remaking of the American White Working Class
About Carrie Freie
Carrie Freie is assistant professor of education at Penn State Altoona.