The Way Class Works: Readings on School, Family, and the Economy by Lois WeisThe Way Class Works: Readings on School, Family, and the Economy by Lois Weis

The Way Class Works: Readings on School, Family, and the Economy

EditorLois Weis

Paperback | December 13, 2007

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Since the 1980s, the relationship between social class and education has been overshadowed by scholarship more generally targeting issues of race, gender, and representation. Today, with the global economy deeply immersed in social inequalities, there is pressing need for serious class-based analyses of schooling, family life and social structure. The Way Class Works is a collection of twenty-four groundbreaking essays on the material conditions of social class and the ways in which class is produced "on the ground" in educational institutions and families. Written by the most visible and important scholars in education and the social sciences, these timely essays explore the production of class in and through the economy, family, and school, while simultaneously interrogating and challenging our understandings of social class as linked to race, gender, and nation. With essays by distinguished scholars and questions for further reflection and discussion, The Way Class Works will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars in education, sociology, and beyond.

Lois Weisis State University of New York Distinguished Professor of Sociology of Education at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.
Title:The Way Class Works: Readings on School, Family, and the EconomyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9.9 × 7 × 0.9 inPublished:December 13, 2007Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Section 1: Thinking/Living Class  1. Why the Rich are Getting Richer and the Poor, PoorerRobert B. Reich  2.The Continuing Importance of Class AnalysisErik Olin Wright  3. Behind the Gates: Social Splitting and the 'Other'Setha Low  4. The Two-in-Oneness of ClassWendy Luttrell 5. Reflections on Class and Educational ReformStanley Aronowitz Section 2: Parenting Class  6. Class Out of Place: The White Middle Classes and Intersectionalities of Class and 'Race' in Urban State Schooling in EnglandDiane Reay  7. Class Reproduction and Social Networks in the U.S.Fiona Devine  8. Watching, Waiting, and Deciding When to Intervene: Race, Class, and the Transmission of AdvantageAnnette Lareau  9.Are Middle-Class Families Advantaging their Children?Kimberly S. Maier, Timothy G. Ford, and Barbara Schneider  10. Parenting Practices and Schooling: The Way Class Works for New Immigrant GroupsGuofang Li Section 3: Schooling Class  11. Persisting Social Class Inequality in U.S. EducationAdam Gamoran  12.The Social Cost of Inadequate Education of Black MalesHenry M. Levin  13. Social Class and School KnowledgeJean Anyon 14. Social Class and Tracking within SchoolsSean Patrick Kelly 15. How Class Matters: The Geography of Educational Desire and Despair in Schools and CourtsMichelle Fine, April Burns, Mar'Elena Torre and Yasser A. Payne  16. Playing to Middle Class Self-Interest in Pursuit of School EquityEllen Brantlinger 17. Class, Teachers, and Teacher EducationGreg Dimitriadis  18. Social Class and Higher Education: A Reorganization of OpportunitiesScott L. Thomas and Angela Bell  Section 4: Complicating Class, Race and Gender Intersectionality 19. Towards a Re-Thinking of Class as Nested in Race and Gender: Tracking the White Working Class in the Final Quarter of the Twentieth CenturyLois Weis  20. The Ideological Blackening of Hmong American YouthStacey J. Lee 21. Schools, Social Class and Youth: A Bernsteinian AnalysisAlan R. Sadovnik  22. Spatial Containment in the Inner City: Youth Subcultures, Class-Conflict and Geographies of ExclusionJo-Anne Dillabough, Jacqueline Kennelly and Eugenia Wang  23. Class and the Middle: Schooling, Subjectivity and Social FormationJulie McLeod and Lyn Yates  24. Rereading Class, Rereading Cultural StudiesJennifer Logue and Cameron McCarthy


Editorial Reviews

"The Way Class Works: Readings on School, Family, and the Economy is a compelling edited volume that explores the often overlooked influence class has on the lives of young people, their outlook, and their future opportunities." -- Fall 2008, Harvard Educational Review "Weis (sociology of education, State U. of New York at Buffalo) couples new research and classic pieces on the impact of social class in the arenas of schools, schooling, and family life in the United States. The volume's 24 articles are organized into sections that examine class formation and associated class practices; the ways parenting choices and practices are linked to class formation and associated educational outcomes; links between social class and educational outcomes; and the complex relationship between class, race, and gender." -- Book News Inc., August 2008 The Way Class Works is both an impressive and timely achievement. Weis has pulled together a diverse group of both established and emerging scholars, working from an astonishing array of perspectives, to foster an intricate and crucial dialogue about class. One of the most significant accomplishments of the collection is in the diversity of scholarly traditions represented by the contributors." -- Nadine Dolby, International Studies in Sociology of Education, Vol. 18, Nos. 3-4, September-December 2008 "...a good reader on how social class differences are made and experienced...Aimed at students, a list of discussion questions is included at the end of each article. The book should also be useful to teachers and scholars as an introduction to many of the best current studies in class and education, pointing to the larger works from which the readings come." -- B. Weston, Centre College