The Socialization of the Power Elite in an American Boarding School

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Title: The Socialization of the Power Elite in an American Boarding School
Author: Williams, Raffi
Advisor: Hart, Laurie Kain
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Anthropology
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: By examining how two Chinese female students at The Founders School adjust to the demands of an elite boarding school environment, as well as my own personal experiences of socialization when I was student at Founders, this thesis attempts to determine what influences a student's place in and relationship to the social hierarchy of the hegemonic culture of Founders. Additionally this thesis looks at what the students’ position‐‐in particular their regional and class origins in China, the intensity of their nationalism and relationship to elite internationalism‐‐means for the way that they interact with the school. In particular, I look at the domains of dress, use of school space, and participation in gossip as key sites for the expression and structuring of this interaction. Using Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of habitus, I show how previous structurally‐determined life experiences ease or hinder the transition into what I call after Michel Foucault the "total institution" of the U.S. prep school.
Subject: Founders School (East Haddan, Connecticut)
Subject: Boarding schools -- United States -- Sociological aspects
Subject: Chinese students -- Socialization -- United States
Subject: Preparatory school students -- Socialization -- United States
Subject: Preparatory schools -- United States -- Sociological aspects
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/7515

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Williams, Raffi. "The Socialization of the Power Elite in an American Boarding School". 2011. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/7515.

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