The Best of the Best: Becoming Elite at an American Boarding School

The Best of the Best: Becoming Elite at an American Boarding School

by Rubén A. Gaztambide-Fernández
     
 

For two years, Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández shared the life of what he calls the “Weston School,” an elite New England boarding school. Vividly describing the pastoral landscape and graceful buildings, the rich variety of classes and activities, and the official and unofficial rules that define the school, The Best of the Best reveals aSee more details below

Overview

For two years, Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández shared the life of what he calls the “Weston School,” an elite New England boarding school. Vividly describing the pastoral landscape and graceful buildings, the rich variety of classes and activities, and the official and unofficial rules that define the school, The Best of the Best reveals a small world of deeply ambitious, intensely pressured students. For Gaztambide-Fernández, Weston is daunting yet strikingly bucolic, inspiring but frustratingly incurious, and sometimes—especially for young women—a gilded cage for a gilded age.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674035683
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
1,225,624
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Rubén Gaztambide-Fernández is Assistant Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

  1. Totally Elite
  2. Getting In
  3. Being Smart, Working Hard
  4. Reserved Seating
  5. Bonding Rituals
  6. Unequal Distinctions
  7. Envisioning an Elite Future

  • Appendix: Researching Identification at an Elite Boarding School
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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