Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul's School

Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul's School

by Shamus Rahman Khan
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691145288

ISBN-13: 9780691145280

Pub. Date: 12/28/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

As one of the most prestigious high schools in the nation, St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, has long been the exclusive domain of America's wealthiest sons. But times have changed. Today, a new elite of boys and girls is being molded at St. Paul's, one that reflects the hope of openness but also the persistence of inequality. In Privilege, Shamus Khan

Overview

As one of the most prestigious high schools in the nation, St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, has long been the exclusive domain of America's wealthiest sons. But times have changed. Today, a new elite of boys and girls is being molded at St. Paul's, one that reflects the hope of openness but also the persistence of inequality. In Privilege, Shamus Khan returns to his alma mater to provide an inside look at an institution that has been the private realm of the elite for the past 150 years. He shows that St. Paul's students continue to learn what they always have—how to embody privilege. Yet, while students once leveraged the trappings of upper-class entitlement, family connections, and high culture, current St. Paul's students learn to succeed in a more diverse environment. To be the future leaders of a more democratic world, they must be at ease with everything from highbrow art to everyday life—from Beowulf to Jaws—and view hierarchies as ladders to scale. Through deft portrayals of the relationships among students, faculty, and staff, Khan shows how members of the new elite face the opening of society while still preserving the advantages that allow them to rule.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691145280
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Series:
Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Democratic Inequality 1
Chapter 1. The New Elite 18
Chapter 2. Finding One's Place 41
Chapter 3. The Ease of Privilege 77
Chapter 4. Gender and the Performance of Privilege 114
Chapter 5. Learning Beowulf and Jaws 151
Conclusion 193
Methodological and Theoretical Reflections 201
Acknowledgments 207
Notes 211
Works Cited 223
Index 229

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