Managing Elites: Socializaton in Law and Business Schoolsby Debra J. Schleef
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. 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.
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Table of Contents
|Chapter 1||Introduction: Ideology and Social Reproduction in Education||1|
|Chapter 2||"That's a Good Question!" Social Class Influences on Educational Choice||19|
|Chapter 3||I Didn't Think It Would Be Like The Paper Chase!||49|
|Chapter 4||"It's All Common Sense": The Acquisition of Professional Skills||73|
|Chapter 5||Thinking Like a Lawyer, Strategizing Like a Manager||93|
|Chapter 6||Empty Ethics and Reasonable Responsibility||117|
|Chapter 7||Jobs of Least Resistance||149|
|Chapter 8||Paths to Elite Professional Careers and Beyond||199|
|Appendix A||Studying Up: Sociologist-in-Training Meets the Elite||213|
|Appendix B||Interview Schedules||223|
|Appendix C||Coding Vocabularies of Motive Concerning Social Responsibility||227|
|About the Author||243|
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