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dc.contributor.authorThering, Angela Cristen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-29T15:56:07Z
dc.date.available2016-03-29T15:56:07Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.isbn9780549991359
dc.identifier.other250844585
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10477/45447
dc.description.abstractThis qualitative research study involves 18 white, working-class, first-generation college students. Each participant was interviewed three times concerning their educational life-histories, their decision to attend college and their performance while attending a Research I university. I found that participants viewed the credential of a college degree essential to gaining desirable employment under today's changing economy. These students were able to translate the skills they gained in their high school college-prep classes into college success. Additionally, their whiteness offered them an advantage over many first-generation college students who are of racial or linguistic minorities. The findings of this study point to a need to examine how race influences one's college experience and how a college education fits into today's changing economy.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.sourceDissertations & Theses @ SUNY Buffalo,ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global
dc.subjectEducation
dc.subjectFirst-generation college students
dc.subjectHigher education
dc.subjectNeoliberalism
dc.subjectSocial class
dc.subjectWhite
dc.subjectWorking class
dc.subjectFirst-generation
dc.subjectCollege students
dc.titleSecuring a financial future under new economic times: White, working-class, first-generation college students re-forming social class through higher education
dc.typeDissertation/Thesis


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