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Moving Up without Losing Your Way: The Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility

Jennifer Morton

Abstract

Upward mobility through the path of higher education has been an article of faith for generations of working-class, low-income, and immigrant college students. While we know this path usually entails financial sacrifices and hard work, very 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, this book looks at the ethical dilemmas of upward mobility—the broken ties with family and friends, the severed connections with ... More

Keywords: upward mobility, higher education, disadvantaged, college experience, family, friends, community, social mobility

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691179230
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691179230.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Morton, author
City College of New York