In the article of "The Saints and the Roughnecks," did you find yourself surprised by what the researcher uncovered? What did the researcher find out? Do you know of any similar situations from your...

In the article of "The Saints and the Roughnecks," did you find yourself surprised by what the researcher uncovered? What did the researcher find out? Do you know of any similar situations from your own life or from what you have seen through the media? Finally, what do you see as the connection, if any, between what went on in the lives of the boys studied in the article and the way our society treats white collar and other crimes?

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The details and results of the article describe classism and how classism operates on a systemic level throughout our inherently unjust society. As is typical of classism, the teachers in the study showed favoritism towards the wealthy students and discrimination towards the poor students. Even though both groups of students participated in similar rowdy behavior, the poor group of students were demonized and rejected for their antics, while the wealthy students were still treated with respect and encouraged to follow their dreams.

The results of this study are not in the slightest surprising. In every facet of our society, children of wealthy families gain greater access to resources, opportunities, empathy, connections, second chances, leniency, and social safety...

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what the author means by "demeanor" and "visibility", and what role these things played in the lives of the saints and roughnecks. The author devotes whole sections to each of these concepts, so they must have been important.

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