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The Power of Good Deeds : Privileged Women and the Social Reproduction of the Upper Class

By: Kendall, Diana.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2002Description: 1 online resource (203 p.).ISBN: 9781461645238.Subject(s): Charity organization -- Texas -- Case studies | Debutantes -- Texas -- Social life and customs | Social stratification -- Texas | Upper class women -- Texas -- Social life and customs | Voluntarism -- Texas -- Case studies | Women -- Texas -- Societies and clubsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Power of Good Deeds : Privileged Women and the Social Reproduction of the Upper ClassDDC classification: 305.4/0976 | 305.40976 LOC classification: HQ1905.T4 K46 2002Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1 Introduction; Chapter 2 Elite Women and Philanthropy; Chapter 3 Good Deeds and Fundraising: It Takes Money to Make (Big) Money!; Chapter 4 Learning the Ropes: The Childhood and College Years of Elite Women; Chapter 5 Take a Bow: Debutantes and Good Deeds; Chapter 6 Members Only: Organizational Structure and Patterns of Exclusion; Chapter 7 Societal Implications of the Contradictions in Elite Women''s Good Deeds; Appendix 1 Preparatory Schools; Appendix 2 Rush Information Form; References; Index; About the Author
Summary: The Power of Good Deeds allows us to see behind the media image of upper-class women and to observe how these women use their social power not only to benefit other, less-fortunate people, but also to benefit themselves and their families. The personal narratives of elite women as they describe their views on philanthropy, the need for exclusivity in their by-invitation-only volunteer organizations (such as the Junior League and The Links), their childhood experiences and college years in prestigious schools and sororities, and the debutante presentations and other upper-class rituals in which they participate are drawn from Kendall''s ethnographic research. Participating in meetings and social functions with elite women in several Texas cities, along with conducting systematic interviews, the author gained unprecedented access to elite women across racial and ethnic categories. The Power of Good Deeds provides new insights and greater depth to our knowledge about the upper classes and how the charitable activities of privileged women contribute to the process of legitimation, maintaining an ideology of class-based and race-based segregation in the United States.
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Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1 Introduction; Chapter 2 Elite Women and Philanthropy; Chapter 3 Good Deeds and Fundraising: It Takes Money to Make (Big) Money!; Chapter 4 Learning the Ropes: The Childhood and College Years of Elite Women; Chapter 5 Take a Bow: Debutantes and Good Deeds; Chapter 6 Members Only: Organizational Structure and Patterns of Exclusion; Chapter 7 Societal Implications of the Contradictions in Elite Women''s Good Deeds; Appendix 1 Preparatory Schools; Appendix 2 Rush Information Form; References; Index; About the Author

The Power of Good Deeds allows us to see behind the media image of upper-class women and to observe how these women use their social power not only to benefit other, less-fortunate people, but also to benefit themselves and their families. The personal narratives of elite women as they describe their views on philanthropy, the need for exclusivity in their by-invitation-only volunteer organizations (such as the Junior League and The Links), their childhood experiences and college years in prestigious schools and sororities, and the debutante presentations and other upper-class rituals in which they participate are drawn from Kendall''s ethnographic research. Participating in meetings and social functions with elite women in several Texas cities, along with conducting systematic interviews, the author gained unprecedented access to elite women across racial and ethnic categories. The Power of Good Deeds provides new insights and greater depth to our knowledge about the upper classes and how the charitable activities of privileged women contribute to the process of legitimation, maintaining an ideology of class-based and race-based segregation in the United States.

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