Moving Up without Losing Your Way : The Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility / Jennifer Morton.
- Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 
1 online resource (192 pages)
Families -- United States -- Psychological aspects.
Families -- United States.
Low-income college students.
Working class families -- Costs.
- In English.
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- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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- The ethical and emotional tolls paid by disadvantaged college students seeking upward mobility and what educators can do to help these students flourishUpward mobility through the path of higher education has been an article of faith for generations of working-class, low-income, and immigrant college students. While we know the road usually entails financial sacrifices and hard work, very little attention has been paid to the deep personal compromises such students have to make as they enter worlds vastly different from their own. Measuring the true cost of higher education for those from disadvantaged backgrounds, Moving Up without Losing Your Way looks at the ethical dilemmas of upward mobility-the broken ties with family and friends, the severed connections with former communities, and the loss of identity-faced by students as they strive to earn a successful place in society.Drawing on philosophy, social science, personal stories, and interviews, Jennifer Morton reframes the college experience, factoring in not just educational and career opportunities but also essential relationships with family, friends, and community. Finding that student strivers tend to give up the latter for the former, negating their sense of self, Morton seeks to reverse this course. Morton urges educators to empower students with a new narrative of upward mobility-one that honestly situates ethical costs in historical, social, and economic contexts and that allows students to make informed decisions for themselves.A powerful work with practical implications, Moving Up without Losing Your Way paves a hopeful path so that students might achieve social mobility while retaining their best selves.
1. Recognizing the Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility
2. Situating Ethical Costs in Context
3. Navigating an Evolving Identity
4. Resisting Complicity
5. Constructing an Ethical Narrative
Conclusion: Minimizing and Mitigating Ethical Costs
- Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 06. Apr 2020)
- De Gruyter.
- Contained In:
- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1515/9780691190655 doi
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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