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In The Chosen, the Berkeley sociologist Jerome Karabel lifts the veil on a century of admission and exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. How did the. In The Chosen, the Berkeley sociologist Jerome Karabel lifts the veil on a Many of Karabel’s findings are astonishing: the admission of blacks into the Ivy. THE CHOSEN. The Hidden History of Admission and. Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. By Jerome Karabel. Illustrated. pp.

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It probably could have been done in half the length though. A salutary book to be reading after having survived the admissions process for one child and resting somewhat before preparing child 2. If you want to figure out how it is that almost every President of the United States as gone to these three schools, this is a good place to understand the importance of privileged institutions to the social structure.

But the admissions policies of elite universities have long been both tightly controlled Full of colorful characters including Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, James Bryant Conant, and Kingman Brewsterit shows how the ferocious battles over admissions at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton shaped the American elite and bequeathed to us the peculiar system of college admissions that we have today. I doubt it, whose does at 18? There is also little discussion about the increase of tuition over time, and how the cost at these three schools compares to non-Ivy or other Ivy schools.

The Chosen: The Hidden History of Admission and Exclusion at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton

Overall, this book was a very dense, but interesting read. A terrific book I keep close at hand. Books by Jerome Karabel. All of NY’s, Chicago’s, and Philadelphia’s public schools together sent a total of 13 students to Yale inwhile the exclusive private school St. Be the first to discover new talent! Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Harvard and Yale had similar admission percentages.

The final chapter was particularly interesting; I didn’t know that the man who coined the term “meritocracy” thought of it as a dystopian rather than a liberating construct, in large part because those at the top of the privilege heap get to define what “merit” is.



By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to cnosen Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. He also seems to feel the need to explain for pages the entire background of every person who bore even a trivial bit of responsibility for setting admissions policy at these institutions, krabel makes it easy for the reader to get buried in names.

Oct 23, Caroline rated it it was ok Shelves: It’s a shame, because the level of research here is first-rate, and could’ve made a really good read with a better writer because it’s both unfair and unrealistic to ask a modern editor to fix a work of this length. Karabel is the author of The Chosen: I liked his approach of targeting the men involved with the evolution of the admissions process and his incredible ability to provide context at any given point.

Cjosen grand narrative brimming with insights, The Chosen provides a lens through which to examine some of the main events and movements of America in the twentieth century–from immigration restriction and the Great Depression to the dropping of the atomic bomb and the launching of Sputnik, from the Cold War to the triumph of the market ethos.

Not far off as a concept, though. Even if they karqbel really. The Reality of Admissions Under Conant.

This book was HUGE and took me forever to read. Plus, it is going to help me structure my entire dissertation. Other editions – View all The Chosen: References to this book Financing Public Universities: Full of colorful characters including Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, James Bryant Conant, and Kingman Brewsterit shows how the ferocious battles over admissions at Harvard, Yale, and Princeton shaped the A A landmark work of social and cultural history, The Chosen vividly reveals the changing dynamics of power and privilege in America over the past century.

THE CHOSEN by Jerome Karabel | Kirkus Reviews

The Alumni Revolt at Yale and Princeton. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

How did the policies of our elite schools evolve? Jerome Karabel Limited preview – Karabel is a professor at Cal-Berkeley.

It’s more properly a story about America, and how we as a nation love our self-mythologization even as we become blind to the fictional and hypocritical elements of it. As the author notes, working class kids are the kagabel who are currently the least likely to benefit from the current admissions system. I have been reading it for over a month and am now at about page Karabel gives a history to these debates, probing the nature of ‘merit’ through university selection processes.


Brittany rated it really liked it Oct 10, Jerome Karabel born is an American sociologist, political and social commentator, and Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley. Tradition and Change at Old Nassau.

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Burrowing into the Harvard, Choen, and Princeton archives, Karabel has found out where a lot of minds as well as bodies were buried, then exhumed them and dragged them into the light.

Elizabeth rated it really liked it Oct 28, Refresh and try again. He has written extensively on American institutions of higher education and on various aspects of social policy and history in the United States, often from a comparative perspective.

While the fight over admissions occasionally boiled over in public, Karabel makes his chksen most persuasively—and exhaustively—through internal reports and correspondence.

The Chosen looks at the ‘Big Three’ Harvard, Yale, and Princeton and the admissions process for the respective institutions. Who knew the reason why admissions policies are so wide-ranging in the USA were because they wanted to exclude Jews?

Karabl is a staggering hidden history. If we laypeople look at college admissions today and smirk, “If only they listened to me, this could be easily fixed,” we’re being wildly naive.

I’ve been thinking about this book since the recent controversies over buildings and schools at these institutions named for Woodrow Wilson, Calhoun, and others who were racists–perhaps, given the racist pasts of the institutions themselves, they should change their own names. The book was not very exciting and quite repetitive, but in retrospect very enlightening.