How does one become a member of an elite profession? Managing Elites examines how elites-in-training contest, rationalize, and ultimately embrace their dominant positions in society. Using interviews with law and MBA students, the author shows that becoming elite is not a straightforward process without tensions. Successful socialization outcomes-employment in large corporate law firms or prominent investment banks and consulting firms-require both accomodation and resistance to ideologies about achievement and meritocracy.
Debra Jo Schleef, Ph.D Northwestern University, is a professor of Sociology at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles in law and education journals. Her most recent book is Managing Elites: Accomodation and Resistance in Law and Business Schools (Rowman and Littlefield Press, 2005).
Chapter 1 Introduction: Ideology and Social Reproduction in Education Chapter 2 "That's a Good Question!" Exploring Motivations at Entry Chapter 3 I Didn't Think It Would Be like "The Paper Chase!" Chapter 4 "It's All Common Sense:" Ideology and Resistance in the Provision of Professional Skills Chapter 5 Thinking Like a Lawyer, Strategizing Like a Manager Chapter 6 Empty Ethics and Reasonable Responsibility Chapter 7 Jobs of Least Resistance Chapter 8 Pursuing Elite Professional Careers