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Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul's School (Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology) Hardcover – January 17, 2011
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"A brilliant book... with a riveting wealth of keen observation... The School should immediately turn his book into public teachable moments." -Nelson Aldrich, author of "Old Money" and "George, Being George."
...ethnographic research into the very heart of privilege... [Khan] steps down from his pedestal and lets himself get closer to these future masters of the universe. - Robin D. Schatz, Bloomberg News
"Privilege is written with the stylistic grace and admirable clarity that make cutting edge sociology accessible to a wider public. The result is an enlightening and pleasurable read." - Theory, Culture, & Society
Shamus Khan is part of a new generation of academics... focusing on elites rather than the poor. This scholarship is important. --Richard Kahlenberg, The Chronicle of Higher Education
The elites in Britain and in America have changed. They now appear more open. More worldly. More meritocratic. For a description of how that process works, look at [Privilege]... --Aditya Chakrabortty, The Guardian (UK)
[E]thnographic research into the very heart of privilege... [Khan] steps down from his pedestal and lets himself get closer to these future masters of the universe. -- Robin D. Schatz, Bloomberg News
[T]his book is beautifully written and filled with important insights into processes of socialization among the elite. I recommend this book for all scholars interested in the reproduction of inequality in U.S. society. -- Wendy Leo Moore, American Journal of Sociology
[T]he elites in Britain and in America have changed. They now appear more open. More worldly. More meritocratic. For a description of how that process works, look at [Privilege]. -- Aditya Chakrabortty, Guardian
Khan's many perspectives--as a minority student in a rich WASP school, as a teacher interacting with his students, and as a researcher observing his subjects--gave him unique access to understanding the American elite... Khan's objectivity turns to pessimism as he describes the result of greater diversity, which he finds 'does not mean mobility and it certainly does not mean equality.' -- Barbara Fisher, Boston Globe
Privilege sets out to understand 'the new elite' and its place in the larger story of American education. -- Josh Rothman, Boston Globe, Brainiac
From the Inside Flap
"Privilege is superb. Khan skillfully narrates from the perspective of both teacher and researcher, and the personal portraits are very well-rounded. This important book is a masterly look at a disturbing current in the formation of elite American society."--Richard Sennett, author of The Corrosion of Character
"This is a terrific book. Khans strong authorial voice and wonderful personality shine through and it is a pleasure to follow his life and travails at St. Pauls."--Michle Lamont, Harvard University