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Lunch and Learn: The Hidden Language of Social Class: How Teachers Read Students’ Bodies

by Sue Ellen Henry, Bucknell University
Markers of social class are communicated and interpreted through a diverse set of social practices that include factors such as grooming habits, dress, language, and nonverbal behaviors. Teachers routinely assess the social class status of their students (Rist, 1970; Norman, 2016). A study exploring the nonverbal behaviors teachers associate with children of either upper or lower social class status sheds light on the processes that contribute to cycles of social class reproduction in schools, contrasting with the typical story of social mobility. Sue Ellen Henry is a professor of education at Bucknell University.
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