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Sharing the WorkWhat My Family and Career Taught Me about Breaking Through (and Holding the Door Open for Others)$
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Myra Strober

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034388

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034388.001.0001

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A Boost Up, 1954–1958

A Boost Up, 1954–1958

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(p.37) 3 A Boost Up, 1954–1958
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Sharing the Work
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Myra Strober

John Donahoe

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034388.003.0003

Chapter 3 deals with the beginnings of my rise in social class—my parents’ move to a “better” neighborhood with more academically oriented schools—my excitement about my coursework in history and the social sciences, my mother’s insistence that I have a career, and my successful fight with my parents to let me attend an out-of-town college on scholarship. I also portray the growing discord between my sister Alice and me, and the shattering effect my grandfather’s death has on my extended family.

Keywords:   Social class mobility, College decision-making, Career decision-making, Sibling relationships, Importance of extended family

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