State Nobility Elite Schools in the Field of Power
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Description: In this major new work, Pierre Bourdieu examines the distinctive forms of power—political, intellectual, bureaucratic, and economic—by 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 systems—in 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 heir—structural and sometimes genealogical—of 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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Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 2/1/1998
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
|Prologue: Social Structures and Mental Structures|
|Academic Forms of Classification:|
|Dualistic Thinking and the Conciliation of Opposites|
|Misrecognition and Symbolic Violence|
|The Production of a Nobility|
|A Rite of Institution|
|The Ambiguities of Competence|
|The Field of the Grandes ï¿½coles and its Transformations:|
|A State of the Structure|
|A Structural History|
|The Field of Power and its Transformations:|
|Forms of Power and their Reproduction|
|Establishment Schools and Power over the Economy|
|Transformations in the Structure of the Field of Power|
|State Power and Power over the State:|