ERIC Number: EJ775219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: 7
Immobility in Mobility: Narratives of Social Class, Education, and Paralysis
Nainby, Keith; Pea, John B.
Educational Foundations, v17 n3 p19-36 Sum 2003
Social mobility carries with it a sense of loss. To be socially mobile is to move from one place, economically, culturally, personally, to another. One consequence of that loss, sometimes, is immobility--a paralysis brought on by the violent, forceful, uncertain rush of social mobility itself. The immobility of fear, the feeling stuck, the not being sure what educational successes have been hard-won and what scholarly failures should have been easy to swallow: these have been an integral part of saying farewell to the economic, cultural, and personal homes that have, for better or worse, nurtured people. The purpose of this paper is to offer three sets of thematically linked, dialogic narrative accounts of the confusing and complex paths of social mobility and immobility that academic institutions in the United States have provided the authors: two straight-identified, white-appearing American men from working-class backgrounds who are now critical education scholars and professors of communication. The authors hope that their positions of relative privilege can become a meaningful vantage point for reflecting on the unique interrelationship of social class and higher education--specifically in their cases, of working-class histories and academic lives.
Descriptors: Social Mobility, Working Class, Social Class, Personal Narratives, College Faculty, College Students, Collegiality, Academic Achievement
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States