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Gateway Cities News: American Sociological Association 112th Annual Meeting (ASA August 2017)

The Toronto and Chicago team presented at the American Sociological Association's 112th Annual Meeting (ASA) in Montreal, Quebec on August 12, 2017 in the section on Sociology of Education: Overcoming Obstacles to Postsecondary Attainment.

Sep 25, 2017


In this paper, we examine the determinants of transitioning to postsecondary education (PSE) in both Toronto and Chicago, with a particular focus on student risk characteristics. We ask "How do the determinants of going on to PSE differ for students in Toronto and Chicago?" More specifically, we examine how the different combinations of gender, race, and class contribute to PSE transitions in both urban centers, focusing on the similarities and differences in these factors between cities. Our approach aligns with an “intersectionality” perspective, which understands life chances to be strongly tied to the intersections of gender, race, and class (Collins, 2015). Our two-city comparison also allows us to examine how patterns of intersectionality vary across city contexts, which can help identify potential policy recommendations or interventions.

Below are the presentation Slides:

Transition to Postsecondary Education among Marginalized Youth in Toronto and Chicago