Date of Award

Spring 4-19-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Anthropology

First Advisor

Edward Schortman

Abstract

At Kenyon College, more students hail from the top one percent of wealth in the country than the bottom sixty percent combined. This project explores the ways in which low income students at Kenyon College experience marginalization on an everyday basis, particularly in their interactions with food. In the Fall of 2017, the author conducted in-depth interviews with low income students (N=23), interviews with college administrators (N=5), distributed a survey (N=242), conducted focus groups, and was a participant observer. Contextualizing this data within a framework of cultural capital and structuration theory, this paper reveals the nuances in the experiences of low income students. The experienced isolation of low income students appears to be correlated with their racial identity, pre-collegiate experience, and overall sense of community. This paper concludes with several suggestions for the student body, faculty, and administration to better foster an inclusive community for students from low income backgrounds.

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