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William Domhoff, Who Rules America? American Upper Class: exists as a set of interrelated social institutions , represent a cohesive upper class. a) Share a distinct lifestyle through participation in select, elite social institutions, social activities, and organizations. b) Patterned way of organizing their lives creates in-group identity and distinct class consciousness c) Mechanism for socializing new members and younger generations Members of the upper class may change, but the social institutions that serve to create a shared culture among the upper class remain the same. Education: School play important role in class transmission. Insulated schooling system, in preparation for power, teaches class values. Boarding Schools: enhance social networks, distinct traditions, terminology and activities Goffman’s “total institutions” Upper-class, youth sub-culture : camps, vacations, shared extra-curricular activities
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Unformatted text preview: Careers finance, business and corporate law Social Clubs : private club memberships, informal cliques, entry difficult Pattern of overlapping membership, club networks/ corporate boards overlap Marriage and Family Continuity The Debut/coming out party, efforts to provide appropriate marriage partners. “Marriage pools” What sort of volunteer work do the upper class tend to do? Who does it serve? How do they define their volunteer work in relation to government control and government support? What do we learn about the female half of the upper class in relation to marriage, the debutante season and volunteer work? Women in the upper class in a paradoxical position? What role do a) marriage, b) the debutante season, and c) social clubs play in creating a cohesive upper class from one generation to the next? What do we learn about class mobility and class continuity and the place of marriage?...
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