Speaking of Race and Class

The Student Experience at an Elite College

Elizabeth Aries and Richard Berman
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PB: $31.95
EAN: 978-1-4399-0967-6
Publication: Nov 12

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Publication: Nov 12

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240 pages
6 x 9

In this, the sequel to Race and Class Matters at an Elite College, Elizabeth Aries and Richard Berman examine the challenges of diversity through to graduation

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In Speaking of Race and Class, the follow-up volume to her groundbreaking Race and Class Matters at an Elite College, Elizabeth Aries collaborates with Richard Berman to complete her four-year study of diversity at a prestigious liberal arts college. Here the fifty-five affluent black, affluent white, lower-income black, and lower-income white Amherst students whom Aries interviewed in their freshmen and senior years provide a complete picture of what (and how) each group learned about issues of race and class Aries presents the students' personal perceptions of their experiences. She reveals the extent to which learning from diversity takes place on campus, and examines the distinct challenges that arise for students living in this heterogeneous community. Aries also looks more broadly at how colleges and universities across the country are addressing the challenges surrounding diversity. Speaking of Race and Class testifies to the programming and practices that have proven successful.

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments 1 Race and Class on Campus: Four Students’ Stories 2 Moving in and the Challenges of Class 3 Bridging Two Worlds 4 Racial Insults 5 Black on Black 6 Black and White: Seeing Race Anew 7 Haves and Have-Nots: Seeing Class Anew 8 Where We Are 9 Where Do We Go from Here? Appendix A: Online Survey Measures Appendix B: Interview Questions Notes References Index

About the Author(s)

Elizabeth Aries is Professor of Psychology at Amherst College. She is the author of Men and Women in Interaction: Reconsidering the Differences; Adolescent Behavior: Readings and Interpretations; and Race and Class Matters at an Elite College (Temple).

Richard Berman is an independent scholar and singer/songwriter.