The Academic Caste System: Prestige Hierarchies in PhD Exchange Networks

  title={The Academic Caste System: Prestige Hierarchies in PhD Exchange Networks},
  author={Val Burris},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={239 - 264}
  • V. Burris
  • Published 1 April 2004
  • Sociology
  • American Sociological Review
The prestige of academic departments is commonly understood as rooted in the scholarly productivity of their faculty and graduates. I use the theories of Weber and Bourdieu to advance an alternative view of departmental prestige, which I show is an effect a department's position within networks of association and social exchange—that is, it is a form of social capital. The social network created by the exchange of PhDs among departments is the most important network of this kind. Using data on… 

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