Rachelle Winkle-Wagner's monograph is published as part of the ASHE Higher Education Report Series, which is designed to "help busy individuals" keep up to date with higher education research literature" (135). As its title indicates, Winkle-Wagner's publication critically examines cultural capital, an "often misunderstood" (xi) theoretical construct formulated by the French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu frequently used to "explain inequities in access to and success in U.S. higher education" (xi). The author, an assistant professor of Higher Education at the University of Nebraska, is well placed to produce a study of this kind. The structure of the book, in consisting of an executive summary and four densely argued chapters, follows the prescribed ASHE Higher Education Report format.





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