Where Have All the Elites Gone? Cultural Transformation of Elitism in the Schooled Society

  • David P. Baker


The education revolution and the coming of a global schooled society have major implications for elite formation, social construction of elitism, and the growing internationalization of this process. Educationally derived status attainment replaces the ascriptive process as education provides skills, sensibilities, and ideologies for formal elite positions. The main legitimate route to power and access to resources within an increasingly professionalised and formally organized society is through required educational performance and advanced degrees. Older caste barriers, symbolically separating elite and non-elite forms of education, erode as education evolves into a market of prestige hierarchy. The education revolution does not end the importance of the question of the relationship among schooling, society, and elite formation; rather, it offers a more dynamic, central, and international sociological investigation.


Schooled society Educational transformation New elitism 


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  • David P. Baker
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  1. 1.Department for Education Policy StudiesPennsylvania State UniversityState CollegeUSA

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