The education of elites in the United States

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This paper outlines the development of American scholarship on elite education. It reviews how students are accepted, their experiences within elite schools, and the consequences of elite education. It argues that elite schools are not elite because of their properties or competitiveness, nor because of who attends these schools. Instead, these institutions exist within a web of relations, contingent on the national and global institutional and cultural arrangements within which they are embedded. As the constitution of elites changes, so too does the definition of an elite school. This paper uses elite schools to reflect upon the character of the American elite.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-192
Number of pages22
JournalAnnee Sociologique
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 30 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


  • Education
  • Elites
  • Inequality
  • United States


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