Those Who Choose and Those Who Don’t: Social Background and College Orientation

  title={Those Who Choose and Those Who Don’t: Social Background and College Orientation},
  author={Eric Grodsky and Catherine Riegle-Crumb},
  journal={The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science},
  pages={14 - 35}
Empirical research on the decision to attend college is predicated largely on the assumption that students make conscious, utility-maximizing decisions about their educational careers. For many students this may not be the case; in fact, the authors find that a large share of students assume from a young age that they will attend college, exhibiting what might be called a college-going habitus. Consistent with critical arguments about how social class is reproduced, the authors find that white… 

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