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Unformatted text preview: Half empty: formal education is a primary means through which families pass on their own advantage to their children Half full: formal education has independent effects of individual life outcomes The half-full part is essential to education’s legitimation function-Bottom line o 1) (Elite) schools are central players in the production, reproduction, and legitimation of social inequality. That’s what they are designed to be Trying to coalesce elites of various sorts and make them more likely to do well in their adult lives o 2) However, the favored raw materials of social science—individual level data—and favored causal imagery, do not accommodate elite schools very well-How is this inequality legitimated? o Logic of merit o Mantra of excellence in all things o Plurality of elites partake of the goodies – few elites left out of the enterprise...
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- Spring '09
- Sociology, Mitchell L. Stevens, Vitaly Komar