Privilege : Harvard and the education of the ruling class
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New York : Hyperion, [2005].
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In the spirit of Scott Turow's One L and David Brooks's Bobos in Paradise, a penetrating critique of elite universities and the culture of privilege they perpetuate, written by a recent Harvard alumnus. Part memoir, part social critique, Privilege is an absorbing assessment of one of the world's most celebrated universities: Harvard. In this sharp, insightful account, Douthat evaluates his social and academic education--most notably, his frustrations with pre-established social hierarchies and the trumping of intellectual rigor by political correctness and personal ambition. The book addresses the spectacles of his time there, such as the embezzlement scandal at the Hasty Pudding Theatricals and Professor Cornel West's defection to Princeton. He also chronicles the more commonplace but equally revealing experiences, including social climbing, sexual relations, and job hunting. While the book's narrative centers on Harvard, its main arguments have a much broader concern: the state of the American college experience. Privilege is a pointed reflection on students, parents, and even administrators and professors who perceive specific schools merely as stepping-stones to high salaries and elite social networks rather than as institutions entrusted with academic excellence. A book full of insightful perceptions and illuminating detail, Privilege is sure to spark endless debates inside and outside the ivied walls.
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First edition.
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288 pages ; 25.
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English
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9781401301125, 9781401307554 (pbk.), 1401301126

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Douthat arrived at Harvard in the fall of 1998 carrying an idealized vision of Ivy League life. Instead, he found himself in a school rife with elitism and moneyed excess, an incubator for the grasping and ambitious, a college seduced by the religion of success. What Harvard taught him was not what he had gone there to learn: he was immersed in the culture of America's ever-swelling ruling class--a culture of privilege, of ambition and entitlement, in which a network of elite schools are viewed by students, parents, administrators, and professors more as stepping-stones to high salaries and coveted social networks than as institutions of academic excellence. This book is both a pointed social critique of this country's most esteemed institutions, and an exploration of issues such as affirmative action, grade inflation, political correctness, and curriculum reform.--From publisher description.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Douthat, R. G. (2005). Privilege: Harvard and the education of the ruling class. First edition. New York: Hyperion.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Douthat, Ross Gregory, 1979-. 2005. Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class. New York: Hyperion.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Douthat, Ross Gregory, 1979-, Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class. New York: Hyperion, 2005.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Douthat, Ross Gregory. Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class. First edition. New York: Hyperion, 2005. Print.

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