Producing a Global Elite? The Endurance of the National in Elite American and British Universities

  • Jonathan Z. FriedmanEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education book series (PSGHE)


This chapter compares the views of personnel at two elite global universities in America and Britain concerning student admissions, educational aims, and their institutions’ linkages with national society. Although these elite universities have together been seen as a breeding ground for the new global elite class, cultural and organizational differences between them suggest that they cannot be treated as forming a single, undifferentiated global elite educational pathway. Instead, the national endures in them as both a source of cultural variation and a political tether, which likely shapes the way that students move through and experience them. This has implications for whether the emerging global elite class can accurately be conceived as a denationalized social formation.


Elites Higher education Culture Globalization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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