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978-0-8047-1778-6 / 0804717788

The State Nobility: Elite Schools in the Field of Power

by Bourdieu et al., Pierre

Publisher:Stanford University Press

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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In this major new work, Pierre Bourdieu examines the distinctive forms of powerpolitical, intellectual, bureaucratic, and economicby means of which contemporary societies are governed. What kinds of competence are claimed by the bureaucrats and technocrats who govern us? And how do those who govern gain our recognition and acquiescence?

Bourdieu examines in detail the work of consecration that is carried out by elite education systemsin France by the grande écoles, in the United States by the Ivy League schools, and in England by Oxford and Cambridge. Today, this "state nobility" has at its disposal an unprecedented range of powers and distinctive titles to justify its privilege. Bourdieu shows how it is the heirstructural and sometimes genealogicalof the noblesse de robe, which, in order to consolidate its position in relation to other forms of power, had to construct the modern state and the republican myths, meritocracy, and civil service that went along with it.

Combining ethnographic description, historical documentation, statistical analysis, and theoretical argument, Bourdieu develops a wide-ranging and highly original account of the forms of power and governance that have come to prevail in our society today.

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