Managing Elites

Managing Elites
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Socializaton in Law and Business Schools
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Artikel-Nr:
9781461639930
Veröffentl:
2005
Seiten:
256
Autor:
Debra J. Schleef
eBook Typ:
EPUB
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

How does one become a member of an elite profession? Managing Elites examines how elites-in-training contest, rationalize, and ultimately embrace their dominant positions in society. Using interviews with law and MBA students, the author shows that becoming elite is not a straightforward process without tensions. Successful socialization outcomes—employment in large corporate law firms or prominent investment banks and consulting firms—require both accomodation and resistance to ideologies about achievement and meritocracy.
How does one become a member of an elite profession? Managing Elites examines how elites-in-training contest, rationalize and ultimately enthusiastically embrace their dominant positions in society. Using interviews with 79 law and MBA students, the author argues that elite socialization requires both accommodation and resistance to professional ideologies. Students develop a collective cynicism about elements of their education, learning that their discipline imparts esoteric knowledge — but also claiming that they didn't learn anything. They struggle with the idea that fellow students are all equally intelligent and therefore deserving of elite status, and the continuing emphasis on activities that sort students. Students resist that paths to success promoted by school cultures—investment banking, consulting, or becoming partner in a large law firm. Such cynicism is indeed ultimately revealed to be temporary, as most students end up in full support of these 'jobs of least resistance'. Their critiques do, however, create tensions: between competition and cooperation, between the individual and the collective, and between egalitarianism and elitism. Part of elite socialization is learning to deal with these tensions, or more specifically, to hold contradictory ideals at the same time.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Ideology and Social Reproduction in Education
Chapter 2 "That's a Good Question!" Exploring Motivations at Entry
Chapter 3 I Didn't Think It Would Be like "The Paper Chase!"
Chapter 4 "It's All Common Sense:" Ideology and Resistance in the Provision of Professional Skills
Chapter 5 Thinking Like a Lawyer, Strategizing Like a Manager
Chapter 6 Empty Ethics and Reasonable Responsibility
Chapter 7 Jobs of Least Resistance
Chapter 8 Pursuing Elite Professional Careers

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