SOCIAL SCIENCES

Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost

Princeton Univ. Sept. 2019. 272p. notes. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780691164311. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780691195421. ED
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Zaloom (social & cultural analysis, New York Univ.; Out of the Pits) interviews middle-class college students and their families to explore how student loans and debt have shaped their higher education experiences. This work unpacks ways in which class and race intersect and scrutinizes the values implied by the current system’s structure. Zaloom also contrasts our current situation with how college education was financed in the past and in other countries. Sara Goldrick-Rab’s Paying the Price, recommended by Zaloom, focuses on similar themes.
VERDICT Zaloom provides a clear-sighted and timely analysis of this issue. Recommended for readers interested in the cultural and economic implications of the current student debt crisis

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