chapter  7
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Socio-Economic and Work Identity Intersections with Masculinity and College Success

ByBrian D. Reed

Recent research suggests that many qualifi ed students do not participate or succeed in postsecondary education for reasons other than ability (Astin & Osegeura, 2004; Carter, 2006; King, 2000, 2006; Sax, 2008; Tinto; 2007; Titus, 2006). Though postsecondary participation and success1 across all demographics has increased in varying degrees over the past four decades (Engle & Tinto, 2008; Wellman et al., 2009), low-SES students and low-SES males in particular continue to be underrepresented among postsecondary enrollees and graduates (King, 2006). While these educational disparities have been well documented in recent years (Bowen, Chingos, & McPherson, 2009; King, 2000; Titus, 2006; Walpole 2003, 2007), a gap remains in the literature regarding the role that gender plays in perpetuating these disparities, especially for men from lowSES backgrounds and their eff orts to succeed in college.