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Strangers in Paradise: Academics from the Working Class


reviewed by Suzanne Hildenbrand 1986

coverTitle: Strangers in Paradise: Academics from the Working Class
Author(s): Jake Ryan, Charles Sackrey
Publisher: University Press of America, Lanham
ISBN: 0761801421, Pages: 308, Year: 1996
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I may have moved physically and economically into a new class but my psyche is dragging (p. 303). The role of American higher education in maintaining capitalism and the impact of that role on those of the working class who achieve upward mobility within institutions of higher education comprise the major themes of this book. Authors Jake Ryan of Bucknell University and Charles Sackrey of Ithaca College, both of working-class origin, have presented a provocative and unique work that is, however, most uneven in quality. Their well-argued Marxist thesis is supported by evidence that, while fascinating to read, is highly vulnerable to methodological criticism. Stylistically the work is a near disaster. Nonetheless, taken as a whole, it has the potential to spark creative thought and research on American higher education. Challenging both the myth of widespread upward mobility based on individual merit and that of the distance of the university from the marketplace, the authors note the peculiar burden of those who choose the university as their... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 88 Number 1, 1986, p. 113-115
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 646, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 5:43:01 PM

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