ERIC Number: EJ1148259
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
"Where People Like Me Don't Belong": Faculty Members from Low-Socioeconomic-Status Backgrounds
Lee, Elizabeth M.
Sociology of Education, v90 n3 p197-212 Jul 2017
This article examines class as a potential source of stigma faculty members from low-socioeconomic-status (low-SES) backgrounds. Based on 47 interviews with demographically diverse respondents at a wide range of institutions, the article examines respondents' narratives of direct and indirect stigmatization around class as well as respondents' efforts at managing these potential stigmas. I find that respondents describe primarily indirect stigmas in which low-SES experiences and concerns are minimized, covered over, or excluded in favor of a normative presentation of middle-class status and experiences. I show the ways that respondents use emotion work to manage both their own responses and the anticipated responses of their colleagues when challenging normative narratives of middle-class homogeneity.
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Background, Low Income Groups, Socioeconomic Background, Social Class, Social Bias, Interviews, Emotional Response, Social Differences, Identification
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
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