9780465062690

Preparing for Power

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  • ISBN13:

    9780465062690

  • ISBN10:

    0465062695

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1987-09-29
  • Publisher: Basic Books

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Summary

Why do private boarding schools produce such a disproportionate number of leaders in business, government, and the arts? In the most comprehensive study of its kind to date, two sociologists describe the complex ways in which elite schools prepare students for success and power, and they also provide a lively behind-the-scenes look at prep school life and underlife. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Peter W. Cookson, Jr., is senior research associate in the Department of Sociology at New York University. Caroline Hodges Persell is professor and chairperson in the Department of Sociology at New York University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Prologue: Seeking the Prep School Perspective 3(10)
PART I THE WORLD OF BOARDING SCHOOLS
Privilege and the Importance of Elite Education
13(18)
Rousseau's Children: Total Educational Environments
31(18)
The Chosen Ones
49(24)
PART II THE PREP RITE OF PASSAGE
Cultural Capital: Curricula and Teachers
73(21)
Academic Climates, Teaching Styles, and Student Stress
94(14)
The Iron Hand in the Velvet Glove: Trustees, Heads, and Charisma
108(16)
The Prep Crucible
124(22)
The Student Underlife and the Loss of Innocence
146(21)
PART III THE WORLD BEYOND
The Vital Link: Prep Schools and Higher Education
167(23)
Preps at Play and in the Power Structure
190(19)
Appendix 209(31)
References 240(10)
School Bulletins Cited 250(1)
Index 251

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