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Psychological Meanings of Social Class in the Context of Education

Psychological Meanings of Social Class in the Context of Education

Joan M. Ostrove (Editor), Elizabeth R. Cole (Editor), Irene Hanson Frieze (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-11884-2

Dec 2003, Wiley-Blackwell

248 pages

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This issue of JSI is an effort to engage psychologists in a critical study of social class; that is, a systematic, research-based literature focused on the exploration of the psychological meaning of social class to diverse groups of people. Because educational institutions both attempt to offer opportunity and often simultaneously reproduce existing class stratification, the context of education is an ideal stage on which to watch the dynamics and contradictions of class play out in both individual and social psychology.

  • Focuses on understanding attitudes, beliefs and attributions about class.

  • Examines the processes through which education may provide class mobility for some, while maintaining class status for others.

  • Brings attention to the implications of a critical psychology of social class for both educational policy and practice.
Part I: Introduction:.

1. Privileging Class: Toward a Critical Psychology of Social Class in the Context of Education: Joan M. Ostrove (Macalester College), Elizabeth R. Cole (University of Michigan).

Part II: Understanding Class: Attitudes, Beliefs, and Attributions:.

2. Scaling the Socioeconomic Ladder: Low-Income Women's Perceptions of Class Status and Opportunity: Heather E. Bullock (University of California, Santa Cruz), Wendy M. Limbert (University of California, Santa Cruz).

3. Social Class and Adolescents' Beliefs About Justice in Different Social Orders: Constance A. Flanagan (Pennsylvania State University), Bernadette Campbell (Substance Abuse Research Group, Westat).

4. Essentialism, Culture and Power: Representations of Class: Ramaswami Mahalingam (University of Michigan).

Part III: Transitions and Traditions: Class Mobility and Maintenance Through Education:.

5. Boys of Class, Boys of Color: Negotiating the Academic and Social Geography of an Elite Independent School: Peter Kuriloff (University of Pennsylvania), Michael Reichert (Center for the Study of Boys' Lives).

6. Belonging and Wanting: Meanings of Social Class Background for Women's Constructions of their College Experiences: Joan M. Ostrove (Macalester College).

7. Race, Class, and the Dilemmas of Upward Mobility for African Americans: Elizabeth R. Cole (University of Michigan), Safiya R. Omari (Jackson State University).

8. Complex Subjectivities: Class, Ethnicity, and Race in Women's Narratives of Upward Mobility: Sandra J. Jones (Brandeis University).

Part IV: Transforming Practice and Policy in Public Schools and in Psychology:.

9. Social Class in Public Schools: Jennifer L. Hochschild (Harvard University).

10. Class Notes: Toward a Critical Psychology of Class and Schooling: Michelle Fine (City University of New York), April Burns (City University of New York)


  • Focuses on understanding attitudes, beliefs and attributions about class.

  • Examines the processes through which education may provide class mobility for some, while maintaining class status for others.

  • Brings attention to the implications of a critical psychology of social class for both educational policy and practice.