Power of Privilege by Joseph A. Soares
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Power of Privilege
By Joseph A. Soares

The Power of Privilege

Yale and America's Elite Colleges

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Power of Privilege by Joseph A. Soares

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It is widely assumed that admission to elite U.S. universities is based solely on academic merit-the best and brightest are admitted to Harvard, Yale, and their peer institutions as determined by test scores and GPA, and not by lineage or family income. But does reality support those expectations? Or are admissions governed by a logic that rewards socioeconomic status while disguising it as personal merit? The Power of Privilege examines the nexus between social class and admissions at America's top colleges from the vantage point of Yale University, a key actor in the history of higher education. It is a documented history of the institutional gatekeepers, confident of the validity of socially biased measures of merit, seeking to select tomorrow's leadership class from among their economically privileged clientele. Acceptance in prestigious colleges still remains beyond the reach of most students except those from high-income professional families. Ultimately, the author suggests reforms that would move America's top schools toward becoming genuine academic meritocracies.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780804756389
ISBN-10: 0804756384
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 166mm x 14mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Stanford University Press
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publish Date: 25-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Joseph A. Soares

Joseph A. Soares is Associate Professor of Sociology at Wake Forest University. He is the author of The Decline of Privilege (Stanford, 1999), which received the prize for outstanding book from the Culture Section of the American Sociological Association.

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