Sunday, October 17, 2010

From C. Wright Mills' `The Power Elite'--Part 2

In his classic book, The Power Elite, sociologist C.Wright Mills wrote the following:
"The daughter of an old upper-class New York family, for example,...goes to a private day school, perhaps Miss Chapin's or Brearley. She is often driven to and from school by the family chauffeur...When she is about fourteen she goes to boarding school, perhaps to St. Timothy's in Maryland or Miss Porter's or Westover in Connecticut. Then she may attend Finch Junior College of New York City...or if she is to attend college proper, she will be enrolled, along with many plain middle-class women, in Bryn Mawr or Vassar or Wellesley or Smith or Bennington...

"The boy of the family...will go to day school, and...to boarding school, although for boys it will be called prep school: St. Mark's or St. Paul's, Choate or Groton, Andover or Lawrenceville, Phillips Exeter or Hotchkiss. Then he will go to Princeton or Harvard, Yale or Dartmouth. As likely as not, he will finish with a law school attached to one of these colleges..."

From C.Wright Mills' `The Power Elite'--Part 1

In his class 1956 book, The Power Elite, sociologist C.Wright Mills wrote the following:
"The one deep experience that distinguishes the social rich from the merely rich and those below is their schooling, and with it, all the associations, the sense and sensibility, to which this educational routine leads throughout their lives."