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more managerial control within the corporation compared to other partners, and they represent theTurkish branch in the global organization.For looking at their lifestyle, I took into account four capitals which are economic,cultural, social, and symbolic capitals, in line with Bourdieu’s model. Following Bourdieu(1984), I took occupation, which is a variable that I know for the whole group, as the maindeterminant of economic capital. As I learned the income level for each managerial level throughmy contacts with junior level employees, this information has been sufficient for me to a largeextent for positioning them in terms of economic capital. The income level for senior managers isaround USD 100,000, for partners USD 200,000, and for senior partners around USD 500,000.Taking into consideration their occupational positions and income levels, I observed that thesemanagers can be positioned at the upper class in terms of economic capital, as they get highsalaries, own houses in wealthy districts ofİstanbul, and have luxurious cars.For cultural capital, first, I asked the managers the schools from which they graduated,beginning from primary school, as I wanted to see whether they went to private or public schools.All the managers I talked to graduated from public primary schools and most of them alsograduated from public high schools. All of them got their undergraduate degrees from managerialand administrative areas (business administration, economics, and public administration) from thetop public universities of Turkey (Bogazici University, Middle East Technical University, AnkaraUniversity, andİstanbul University). Additionally, three of them got their master’s degrees fromthe universities in the US and one from a Turkish university, all in business related areas. Theparents of most of these managers did not have high education. Although they are the children ofrelatively less educated families and they had their previous education in ordinary public schools,they achieved to be accepted to the top universities of Turkey. These facts support the argumentthat top level managers are meritocrats. They are not coming from well-educated, wealthyfamilies and their cultural capital is not supported by their families’ cultural, and in many cases
TURKISHMANAGERS ASPART OF THETRANSNATIONALCAPITALISTCLASS128economic, capital. However, we can talk about a reinforcement of their cultural capital by theirspouses’ education. The spouses of all the managers also graduated from the top universities.These managers are aware of the importance of cultural capital gained through education and theyprovide their children education in well-known private schools; all the managers who havechildren old enough to go to school send their children to famous private schools for education.

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Term
Winter
Professor
Mr. Leonardi
Tags
Sociology, Capitalism, Marxism, Globalization, transnational capitalist class

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