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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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.

A fascinating and occasionally nauseating look at the world of elite college admissions. The massive and excellent Bronx High School of Science enrolled 7 of its grads at Yale during the era The major flaw that I found was the constant use of various names of individuals from various institutions that were randomly and briefly covered.

This is a very, very, oarabel long history of the admission policies of the “Big Three” Ivy League schools. He has some interesting comments about the educational philosophies of the various college presidents and apparently is going to provide comment and critique on how they work out so I hope the book will improve. Jerome Karabel born is an American sociologist, political and social commentator, and Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Berkeley.

Each week, our editors select the cgosen author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. This book still gives me choseb chills – and I’m a college advisor at a high school! All of the arbitrary aspects of college applications: Reading some of the letters where those in charge of admission discuss “grinds” and “undesirables” or even wish that Armenian genocide had been more effective is enough to give you chills.

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Published September 8th kqrabel Mariner Books first published October 26th But anyone interested about race, class, and “merit” play into the admissions game should find this worth the slog or should check out the recent New Yorker article that summarizes many of Chosn findings.


In other words, although the schools may admit a percentage of minorities, there is substantial evidence that the most underrepresented group are those that are socioeconomically deprived. Racial Conflict and the Incorporation of Blacks. Karabel’s strenuously detailed, sometimes repetitive examination of admissions policies at Ivy League schools shows that the history of America’s top universities is steeped in systematic Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

The author reveals that this is accomplished by utilizing a definition of “merit” that has evolved to consider things like specific personality traits, legacy status, race and athletic ability pretty much equally as important as one’s academic profile. A 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.

Tradition and Change at Old Nassau. Many of Karabel’s findings are astonishing: It also explains how we ended up with the existing admissions process of those schools, and subsequently all American colleges and universities in general. Return to Book Page. The Origins of Selective Admissions Account Options Sign in.

It became very difficult to keep track karabeel who was at which university and what their particular view points and contributions were. Diversity the Bakke Case and the Defense of Autonomy. This is the best work of empirical sociology I have read in a long time. Maybe one day selection will be done by computers on grades and various other attributes like social contributions, athleticism, talents and ambitions and have nothing whatsoever to do with the parents’ background whether ethnic, religious or economic.

At least his writing is clear. Until you read it, you can have no real idea how crudely these elite universities discriminated in admissions — against women, Jews, blacks, and others. However as I get into it more perhaps it will improve. He worked tge this book for decades, and it certainly shows.

Te helps you keep track of books you want to read. If you do not fall into at least one of those three categories, you will have a much more difficult time getting into college. My initial reaction is that I’m not sure it was a good decision to read this.


The presentation of facts can be disorienting, and often jumps around in history several times in the same chapter, e. Diversity the Bakke Case and the Defense of Autonomy.

karavel Coeducation and the Struggle for Gender Equality. I renewed it twice and that’s the limit. Much of the correspondence he unearthed had never been looked at by anyone from the outside world before, and his reproductions of parts of those works here deserves praise. The overall theme of so much of our country’s public policy having been shaped by institutions This is a very, very, very long history of the admission policies of the “Big Three” Ivy League schools. Thorough discussion of competing models of American intelligence and how these tensions changed the way Ivy League colleges defined themselves and their social boundaries.

But the admissions policies of elite universities have long been both tightly controlled Other editions – View all The Chosen: However, this book is still kraabel as interesting as it should be, mostly because Karabel is a much better researcher than he is a writer. Paperbackpages.

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It’s a story of prejudice, anti-intellectualism, clubbishness, and unacknowledged privilege — or rather, privilege disguised as divine right instead of perceived properly as the result of systemic bias.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. August 7 – finally finished reading it – now I have to decide whether I want to read the pages of footnotes. Jerome Karabel Limited preview – It has some interesting comments but is rather hard to get through.

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

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. No system is free of bias and without doubt these schools deliberately select for rich white kids, especially the children or relatives of alumni, politicians and notables and the very wealthy who might endow, donate or leave money in a will to them.

Karabel holds a BA and Ph. An utterly absorbing account of politics and privilege on America’s most revered campuses.