The Socialization of the Power Elite in an American Boarding School

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dc.contributor.advisor Hart, Laurie Kain
dc.contributor.author Williams, Raffi
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-30T12:59:24Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-30T12:59:24Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/7515
dc.description.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. en
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Dept. of Anthropology
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
dc.subject.lcsh Founders School (East Haddan, Connecticut)
dc.subject.lcsh Boarding schools -- United States -- Sociological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Chinese students -- Socialization -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh Preparatory school students -- Socialization -- United States
dc.subject.lcsh Preparatory schools -- United States -- Sociological aspects
dc.title The Socialization of the Power Elite in an American Boarding School en
dc.type Thesis (B.A.) en


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