“Rednecks,” “Rutters,” and `Rithmetic

@article{Morris2008RednecksA,
  title={“Rednecks,” “Rutters,” and `Rithmetic},
  author={Edward W. Morris},
  journal={Gender \& Society},
  year={2008},
  volume={22},
  pages={728 - 751}
}
Research with predominately minority, urban students has documented an educational “gender gap,” where girls tend to be more likely to go to college, make higher grades, and aspire to higher status occupations than boys. We know less, however, about inequality, gender, and schooling in rural contexts. Does a similar gap emerge among the rural poor? How does gender shape the educational experiences of rural students? This article explores these questions by drawing on participant observation and… 
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TLDR
It is found that institutional inequalities that stratify students by race and class are routinely ignored by school actors who use the presence of so-called redneck students to plausibly deny racism while furthering the standard definition of racism as blatant prejudice and an individual trait.
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