Rachel Sherman's research while affiliated with The New School and other places

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Scholarship on elites, including on their consumption, tends to focus primarily on social closure and the pursuit of social advantage. Research has therefore not investigated the meanings and morality of elites' lifestyle choices, particularly from the perspective of the wealthy themselves. Yet understanding this lived experience is critical to und...
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Recent research on parenting and social class has identified cultivation strategies that focus on expanding children’s skills and advantages, but such work has not looked specifically at parenting among elites. Drawing on 50 in-depth interviews, this article investigates the childrearing strategies and discourses of wealthy and affluent parents liv...

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... Solo cuatro entrevistadas no ejercen su profesión actualmente. Este perfil de participantes es coherente con trabajos previos que plantean que la pertenencia a la élite está dada por distintos roles, considerando que existen enormes inequidades de género en las posiciones de poder (pnud, 2020) y que el acceso a herencias familiares o la existencia de un cónyuge en posiciones de poder puede dar espacio a ocupaciones más tradicionales o de menor remuneración (Sherman, 2018). Asimismo, puesto que las mujeres ocupan un rol determinante en los procesos de crianza (Madrid, 2017;Reay, 2004), este tipo de muestra permitió aproximarse en profundidad a las dinámicas familiares y al proceso de elección escolar, un ámbito de decisiones que, por el exclusivo tipo de colegios seleccionado para este trabajo, es crucial para alcanzar posiciones de élite. ...
... Therefore, upper-class individuals usually understand the institutional "rules of the game" and manage the "appropriate" skills and cultural repertories to modify interactions to their own benefit (Lareau, 2011). This provides them with the agency to exercise control over events that affect their lives and ultimately translates into a strong sense of entitlement-a sense of empowerment through which people assume their right to pursue their own preferences (see also e.g., Sherman, 2017). In this sense, being part of the upper layers of the social hierarchy may be positively related to attachment to society in that, through the availability of socio-economic resources, individuals achieve a sense of being a meaningful and effective part of society, a full citizen of the nation, and entitled and duty-bound to participate in politics and to exercise a citizen's rights (Bourdieu, 1984). ...