Class Construction

Class Construction : White Working-Class Student Identity in the New Millennium

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Class Construction explores class, racial, and gender identity construction among white, working-class students. Delving into River City High School, Freie asks what happens to the adolescent children of working-class families when economic changes such as globalization and technological advancements have altered the face of working-class jobs. Mass consumerism, greater availability of college level education, lack of a cohesive class identity, and racial and religious politics all combine to create a new working-class identity for today's youth. Featuring interviews with the River City High School students, Class Construction aims to understand how class is conceptualized among American, working-class youths. Class Construction is ideal for courses on sociology, education, gender studies, and American studies, as well as high school educators and more

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  • Electronic book text | 140 pages
  • Lexington Books
  • MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739130021
  • 9780739130025

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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-classyouth 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 Classshow more

About Carrie Freie

Carrie Freie is assistant professor of education at Penn State more