Academic journal article College Composition and Communication

The Persistence and Complications of Class

Academic journal article College Composition and Communication

The Persistence and Complications of Class

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Issues of class, both social and economic, are addressed directly in the four books I was asked to review. Scholarly conversation around issues of class is not new, as there have been nearly constant discussions in the field of composition looking at class as a context for what happens to students in higher education and the ways in which class is replicated as a result of higher education. What is different about these four books, and makes them worth taking the time to not only glance through but read and consider, is that through methodologies such as ethnographies and personal reflection, these scholars begin to tease out more nuanced discussions of class. The site for study is more specific, with a closer look at individual students, programs, and even a world rarely studied, non- traditional students in community colleges. These perspectives reveal distinct biases, and display built-in structural concerns for students who have come to higher education without the advantages of upper middle class or upper class orientations to college. …

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