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Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality

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About the Book:

Drawing on findings from a five-year interview study, Elizabeth Armstrong and Laura Hamilton bring us to the campus of “MU,” a flagship Midwestern public university, where we follow a group of women drawn into a culture of status seeking and sororities. Mapping different pathways available to MU students, the authors demonstrate that the most well-resourced and seductive route is a “party pathway” anchored in the Greek system and facilitated by the administration. This pathway exerts influence over the academic and social experiences of all students, and while it benefits the affluent and well-connected, Armstrong and Hamilton make clear how it seriously disadvantages the majority.


About the Author:

Laura Hamilton is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced. Her research centers on gender, education, family, sexuality, social inequality and mixed methods.


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Elizabeth A. Armstrong & Laura T. Hamilton