Connecting In College: How Friendship Networks Matter For Academic And Social Success by Janice M. MccabeConnecting In College: How Friendship Networks Matter For Academic And Social Success by Janice M. Mccabe

Connecting In College: How Friendship Networks Matter For Academic And Social Success

byJanice M. Mccabe

Hardcover | November 9, 2016

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We all know that good study habits, supportive parents, and engaged instructors are all keys to getting good grades in college. But as Janice M. McCabe shows in this illuminating study, there is one crucial factor determining a student’s academic success that most of us tend to overlook: who they hang out with. Surveying a range of different kinds of college friendships, Connecting in College details the fascinatingly complex ways students’ social and academic lives intertwine and how students attempt to balance the two in their pursuit of straight As, good times, or both.
As McCabe and the students she talks to show, the friendships we forge in college are deeply meaningful, more meaningful than we often give them credit for. They can also vary widely. Some students have only one tight-knit group, others move between several, and still others seem to meet someone new every day. Some students separate their social and academic lives, while others rely on friendships to help them do better in their coursework. McCabe explores how these dynamics lead to different outcomes and how they both influence and are influenced by larger factors such as social and racial inequality. She then looks toward the future and how college friendships affect early adulthood, ultimately drawing her findings into a set of concrete solutions to improve student experiences and better guarantee success in college and beyond.
Janice M. McCabe is assistant professor of sociology at Dartmouth College.          
Title:Connecting In College: How Friendship Networks Matter For Academic And Social SuccessFormat:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:November 9, 2016Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022640949X

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Table of Contents


ONE Friendship
TWO Balance
THREE Tight-Knitters
FOUR Compartmentalizers
FIVE Samplers
SIX Friendships after College
SEVEN Conclusion

Methodological Appendix: Researching Friendships on One College Campus

Editorial Reviews

“We’ve known for quite some time that peer relationships—friendships—are an important aspect of the collegiate experience. Until now, though, we’ve known relatively little about how college students make friends or what sorts of friendship networks are most common. This study reveals these important details for the first time, identifying three key types of friendship networks—close-knitters, compartmentalizers, and samplers—and detailing the advantages and disadvantages of each for the academic and social lives of students. In addition to these nuts and bolts, important attention is paid to the ways that the structure of students’ friendship networks varies by race and class, and the degree to which collegiate friendships and network styles persist postgraduation. Connecting in College is a thoughtful and engaging study; an important contribution to the higher education, social networks, and mobility literatures, and a must-read for anyone interested in the undergraduate experience.”