Working out the salvation of privilege: A capsule study of "minority" students in elite schools
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AbstractPrivilege operates in the economy of elite schools. However, not all who attend an elite school are privileged. Unlike their more privileged peers, ‘minority’ students who made it through the gateways of elite schools have to work out their salvation of privilege to level up their chances and aspirations of success which they could otherwise miss out because of their differentiated lack of cultural capital. ‘Salvation’ is used in this paper as a conceptual metaphor to examine the ways in which minority students in elite schools seize individual ways of self-saving their variegated disadvantaged. Methodologically, a capsule study of three minority students taken from the larger study of “Elite Independent Schools in Globalizing Circumstances” is selected from one elite school in Hong Kong and Singapore. The study tracked the students over a five-year period to find out the development of their aspirations over time, and their individual trajectories two years after they exit the “social paradise” of their schools. Bourdieu’s theory of education and social reproduction is put under scrutiny as the intersecting axes of disadvantages in terms of ethnicity, class, gender, and disability represented by the students in the capsule study questions if indeed attending an elite school offers the “salvation” of privilege for these minority students.
Acceptance Date01/03/2019
All Author(s) ListKoh Aaron
Name of Conference2019 Annual Meeting of Eastern Sociological Society (Facts and Fictions: Narratives of Inequality and Difference) - Workshop on the theory and practice of studying elites
Start Date of Conference14/03/2019
End Date of Conference17/03/2019
Place of ConferenceBoston, MA
Country/Region of ConferenceUnited States of America
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsElite schools, privilege, Bourdieu, social class reproduction

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