ERIC Number: EJ1070612
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
"Always in My Face": An Exploration of Social Class Consciousness, Salience, and Values
Martin, Georgianna L.
Journal of College Student Development, v56 n5 p471-487 Jul 2015
This qualitative study explores social class consciousness, salience, and values of White, low-income, first-generation college students. Overall, participants minimized the salience of social class as an aspect of their identity with many of them expressing that they did not want their social class to define them. Although participants largely did not feel as if social class was an important aspect of their identity, it became clear through their stories that this aspect of their identity influenced how they viewed themselves, the world around them, and their higher SES peers in college. Implications for higher education research and practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Social Class, Self Concept, Social Attitudes, Qualitative Research, First Generation College Students, White Students, Low Income Groups, Student Attitudes, Identification (Psychology), Phenomenology, Semi Structured Interviews, Student Journals
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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