Investigating the role that social class plays in society is a concern dominating studies in the fields of sociology, anthropology and education. Political scientists and economists have been concerned with this question as well. Despite the persistent narrative of the American Dream and our commitment to education’s role in mitigating inequality, qualitative research done in school settings has offered tremendous insight on how social class might be reproduced and the role that schools play in this process. This course actively investigates theories of social class and reproduction through the lens of ethnographies of school sites.
Looking through critical lenses throughout the summer, we discuss theoretical conceptions of education and social reproduction. Issues of culture and identity (race, gender, social class, sexual orientation, ability, family and community) are also considered through the ethnographies discussed and analyzed.
This course is reading and writing intensive. Assignments include in-class writings; two reflective/ analytical pieces; and a final research presentation and research paper.