Reclaiming Class : Women, Poverty, and the Promise of Higher Education in America (Teaching/learning Social Justice)

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Reclaiming Class : Women, Poverty, and the Promise of Higher Education in America (Teaching/learning Social Justice)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 280 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781592130214
  • DDC分類 378.19826942

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"Reclaiming Class" offers essays written by women who changed their lives through the pathway of higher education. Collected, they offer a powerful testimony of the importance of higher learning, as well as a critique of the programs designed to alleviate poverty and educational disparity. The contributors explore the ideologies of welfare and American meritocracy that promise hope and autonomy on the one hand, while also perpetuating economic obstacles and indebtedness on the other.Divided into the three sections, "Reclaiming Class" assesses the psychological, familial, and economic intersections of poverty and the educational process. In the first section, women who left poverty through higher education recall their negotiating the paths of college life to show how their experiences reveal the hidden paradoxes of education. Section two presents first person narratives of students whose lives are shaped by their roles as poor mothers, guardian siblings, and daughters, as well as the ways that race interacts with their poverty.Chapters exploring financial aid and welfare policy, battery and abuse, and the social constructions of the poor woman finish the book. Offering a comprehensive picture of how poor women access all levels of private and public institutions to achieve against great odds, "Reclaiming Class" shows the workings of higher learning from the vantage point of those most subject to the vicissitudes of policy and reform agendas. Vivyan C. Adair is Assistant Professor in the Women's Studies Department at Hamilton College, and Director of The ACCESS Project, which supports low-income parents in their efforts to exit inter-generational poverty through higher education and pre-career employment. Sandra L. Dahlberg is Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston-Downtown.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    ix
Introduction: Reclaiming Class: Women, Poverty, 1 (20)
and the Promise of Higher Education in America
Vivyan C. Adair
Sandra L. Dahlberg
Speech Pathology: The Deflowering of an Accent 21 (4)
Laura Sullivan-Hackley
I. Educators Remember
Disciplined and Punished: Poor Women, 25 (28)
Bodily Inscription, and Resistance through
Education
Vivyan C. Adair
Academic Constructions of ``White Trash,'' 53 (14)
or How to Insult Poor People without Really
Trying
Nell Sullivan
Survival in a Not So Brave New World 67 (18)
Sandra L. Dahlberg
To Be Young, Pregnant, and Black: My Life 85 (12)
as a Welfare Coed
Joycelyn K. Moody
If You Want Me to Pull Myself Up, Give Me 97 (16)
Bootstraps
Lisa K. Waldner
II. On the Front Lines
If I Survive, It Will Be Despite Welfare 113(6)
Reform: Reflections of a Former Welfare
Student
Tonya Mitchell
Not By Myself Alone: Upward Bound with 119(12)
Family and Friends
Deborah Megivern
Choosing the Lesser Evil: The Violence of 131(8)
the Welfare Stereotype
Andrea S. Harris
From Welfare to Academe: Welfare Reform as 139(18)
College-Educated Welfare Mothers Know It
Sandy Smith Madsen
Seven Years in Exile 157(12)
Leticia Almanza
III. Policy, Research, and Poor Women
Families First---but Not in Higher 169(27)
Education: Poor, Independent Students and
the Impact of Financial Aid
Sandra L. Dahlberg
The Leper Keepers: Front-Line Workers and 196(19)
the Key to Education for Poor Women
Judith Owens-Manley
``That's Why I'm on Prozac'': Battered 215(25)
Women, Traumatic Stress, and Education in
the Context of Welfare Reform
Lisa D. Brush
Fulfilling the Promise of Higher Education 240(27)
Vivyan C. Adair
About the Contributors 267