Review: Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs

Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs Pedigree: How Elite Students Get Elite Jobs by Lauren A. Rivera
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you work in higher education and believe in any kind of social justice mission that higher education is to fulfill, then this book is worth picking up. Furthermore, if you plan any role in hiring employees, it would be equally important for you to check out this book. Rivera explores and deconstructs the "magic" of job hiring to illustrate how social and cultural capital often allows for more privileged people to acquire prestigious jobs, regardless of their actual skill and ability. She shows how low and working class students who do attend prestigious and ivy league institutes are still significantly disadvantaged when going into the job market. The implications of her book are something we all need to consider when we consider how education and employment relate to achievement in our culture.

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