Taylor Kobliska Sociology 101-- Dr. Feldman March 22nd, 2017 Privilege In Shamus Rahman Khan’s book Privilege, the concepts of elitism and privilege in an American boarding school are discussed and studied. In the first section of this book, Khan describes and defines what he considers to be the meaning of the word “elite.” Khan states that in America, there is a new type of elite that is defined differently than had been in the past. In the past, Khan says that the elite were primarily wealthy while males who inherited their money from rich families, and were defined by the socioeconomic status of their familym(Khan 2011). However now he defines the new elite as the ability to be at ease, specifically at ease in any type of social and professional situation (Khan 2011). He details this by describing how “elite” individuals have a variety of tastes: appreciating both rap music and classical music, dining in five star restaurants or local diners, and holding casual conversations with their peers or discussing large philosophical questions with their professors (Khan 2011). The main quality of the elite is a sense of belonging and comfort in any situation. I agree with his assessment of elitism in America, but would like to add that in order to be considered an elite, it is important to subtly display this ease to one’s peers. In order to be considered elite, peers need to recognize and acknowledge one’s ability to fit in no matter the situation or location. However, blatantly displaying this ease or bragging about it discredits your elitism. I also think that certain genders and races are able to become elite more easily than
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- Spring '08
- Sociology, Elite