Despite the ubiquitous presence of mass media hailing the value of higher education, these societal messages fail to acknowledge the complexity of contextual factors that influence the outcomes of college educated young adults. Through in-depth personal descriptions from students, the researchers Armstrong and Hamilton for Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality examine the structure of academic and social life on a college campus, exploring the impact of the organization of college on student experiences during college and class trajectories at exit. While previous literature may describe a student’s inequality in college as simply a statistic, the qualitative nature of this work allows the emergence of a meaningful narrative, making visible the embedded class disparities permeating our college culture.


Ethnographic, Class Projects, College Pathways, Organizational Imperatives

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Amelia Hoyle is a doctoral student at the University of Georgia pursuing a degree in Counseling Psychology. Amelia has a Master’s degree in Professional Community Counseling from the University of Georgia. She is also a graduate assistant in the University of Georgia’s Division of Academic Enhancement, where she assists undergraduate and graduate students in improving their academic performance. Research interests include feminist theory and therapy and psychotherapy treatment for eating disorders with women of color. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: alhoyle@uga.edu.

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