Managing Elites: Socializaton in Law and Business Schools

Managing Elites: Socializaton in Law and Business Schools

by Debra J. Schleef
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0742538486

ISBN-13: 9780742538481

Pub. Date: 12/22/2005

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

How does one become a member of an elite profession? Managing Elites examines how elites-in-training contest, rationalize, and ultimately enthusiastically embrace their dominant positions in society. Using interviews with seventy-nine law and MBA students, the author argues that elite socialization requires both accommodation and resistance to professional ideologies.

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How does one become a member of an elite profession? Managing Elites examines how elites-in-training contest, rationalize, and ultimately enthusiastically embrace their dominant positions in society. Using interviews with seventy-nine law and MBA students, the author argues that elite socialization requires both accommodation and resistance to professional ideologies. Students develop a collective cynicism about elements of their education, learning that their discipline imparts esoteric knowledge-but also claiming that they didn't learn anything. They struggle with the competing ideas that fellow students are all equally intelligent and therefore deserving of elite status and the continuing emphasis on activities that sort students. Students resist paths to success promoted by school cultures-investment banking, consulting, or partnership in a large law firm. Such cynicism is indeed ultimately revealed to be temporary, as most students end up in full support of these "jobs of least resistance." Their critiques do, however, create tensions: between competition and cooperation, between the individual and the collective, and between egalitarianism and elitism. Part of elite socialization is learning to deal with these tensions, or more specifically, to hold contradictory ideals at the same time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742538481
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/22/2005
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Chapter 1Introduction: Ideology and Social Reproduction in Education1
Chapter 2"That's a Good Question!" Social Class Influences on Educational Choice19
Chapter 3I Didn't Think It Would Be Like The Paper Chase!49
Chapter 4"It's All Common Sense": The Acquisition of Professional Skills73
Chapter 5Thinking Like a Lawyer, Strategizing Like a Manager93
Chapter 6Empty Ethics and Reasonable Responsibility117
Chapter 7Jobs of Least Resistance149
Chapter 8Paths to Elite Professional Careers and Beyond199
Appendix AStudying Up: Sociologist-in-Training Meets the Elite213
Appendix BInterview Schedules223
Appendix CCoding Vocabularies of Motive Concerning Social Responsibility227
Bibliography229
Index239
About the Author243

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