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Negotiating Opportunities: How the Middle Class Secures Advantages in School

Jessica McCrory Calarco


Negotiating Opportunities reveals that the middle-class advantage in school is, at least in part, a negotiated advantage. Essentially, this means that middle-class students secure advantages not only by complying with teachers’ expectations but also by requesting (and successfully securing) support in excess of what is fair or required. This book traces that negotiated advantage from its origins at home to its consequences at school. It follows a group of middle-class and working-class students from third to seventh grade and draws on observations and interviews with children, parents, and tea ... More

Keywords: education, family, school, children, students, social class, inequality, teacher, problem-solving, ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190634438
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190634438.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jessica McCrory Calarco, author
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Indiana University