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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 educations legitimation function-Bottom line o 1) (Elite) schools are central players in the production, reproduction, and legitimation of social inequality. Thats 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 scienceindividual level dataand 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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This note was uploaded on 11/06/2009 for the course GOVT 2225 taught by Professor Morgan during the Spring '09 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).
- Spring '09