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The best of the best: Becoming elite at an American boarding school

Best of the Best

Publication Type:

Book

Source:

Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., p.297 (2009)

Call Number:

Cubb LC4941 .G39 2009

URL:

http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/8336596

Keywords:

Boarding schools--United States--Case studies, Elite (Social sciences)--Education--United States--Case studies

Abstract:

Contents: Totally elite -- Getting in -- Being smart, working hard -- Reserved seating -- Bonding rituals -- Unequal distinctions -- Envisioning an elite future.

Notes:

"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. Some are on scholarship, others have never met a public school student, but all feel they have earned their place as a "Westonian" by being smart and working hard. Weston is a family, they declare, with a niche for everyone, but the hierarchy of coolness -- the way in which class, race, sexism, and good looks can determine ones place -- is well known."