Recent efforts emphasize the roles that privilege and elite education play in shaping affluent youths' identities. Despite various backgrounds, the common qualities shared among the eight adolescents showcased in this book lead them to form particular understandings of self, others, and the world around them that serve as means for them to negotiate their privilege. These self-understandings are crucial for them to feel more at ease with being privileged, foster a positive sense of self, and reduce the negative feelings associated with their advantages - thus managing expectations for future success.
Offering an intimate and comprehensive view of affluent adolescents' inner lives and understandings, Negotiating Privilege and Identity in Educational Contexts explores these qualities and provides an important alternative perspective on privilege and how privilege works. The case studies in this volume explore different settings and lived experiences of eight privileged adolescents who, influenced by various sources, actively construct and cultivate their own privilege. Their stories address a wide range of issues relevant to the study of adolescence and the various social class factors that mediate adolescents' educational experiences and identities.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
"Overall, the book uncovers some important findings in relation to identity construction and privileged youth. The collaborative, student- involved research is also to be applauded." - Elizabeth Silva, Teachers College Record, January 2015
"Privilege does not always know itself as such. A sense of place, social membership and entitlement obscure what it means for those who have no such defenses. Even the most sympathetic and insightful perspective that social science can create is obscured by what the social scientist or student cannot see, their own place in the hierarchy. The following chapters try valiantly to look past that obscurity, to look at what is so hard to examine, their own place in the larger world." - From the Foreword by Dorothy Allison, Award-Winning Writer, Scholar, and Activist
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