Moving Up Without Losing Your Way: The Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility, 1st Edition

  • Jennifer M. Morton
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  • ISBN-10: 0691190658
  • ISBN-13: 9780691190655
  • DDC: 174.4
  • 192 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released September 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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This title describes the ethical and emotional tolls paid by disadvantaged college students seeking upward mobility and how educators can help these students flourish. Upward mobility through higher education has been an article of faith for generations of working-class, low-income, and immigrant college students. While we know it usually entails financial sacrifice and hard work, 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, the book looks at ethical dilemmas of upward mobility—broken ties with family and friends, severed connections with former communities, and loss of identity—faced by students as they strive to earn a successful place in society. A powerful work with practical implications, it paves a hopeful road so that students might achieve social mobility while retaining their best selves.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Moving up without Losing Your Way.
Introduction: Strivers.
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.
A Note on the Type.