Biographies Of Hegemony Case Study

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Karen Ho, author of “Biographies of Hegemony,” based her essay upon the cultural kinship of Wall Street bankers and Ivy League schools. She focuses on the connections that people attain through going to certain schools and the level of education they obtain in those schools. Azar Nafisi, author of “Selections from Reading Lolita in Tehran,” wrote her essay about how young women in the Islamic Republic found connection by bonding over the oppressive government under which they lived. The cultural kinship explained within Ho’s essay has many similarities, but just as many differences, with the social union described within Nafisi’s essay.
In the case of Ivy League students being recruited to Wall Street, the “smartness” has to do with
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Both, Ivy
League students being recruited to Wall Street and Nafisi’s group of hand-picked students, are formed through a criterion of “smartness”, but the kinds of “smartness” are quite different. Karen Ho and Azar Nafisi both spoke about the formation of social unions through recruitment of the “smart” people and connections made within the chosen “smart” people. Ho explained the Wall Street bankers’ recruitment process and how they chose their recruits based only on their schools’ Ivy League status rather than their experience and intelligence. Ho wrote,
“On wall street, ‘smartness’ means much more than individual intelligence; it conveys a naturalized and generic sense of ‘impressiveness,’ of elite, pinnacle status and expertise, which is used to signify, even prove, investment bankers’ worthiness as advisors to corporate America and leaders of the global financial market” (Ho 167). The recruiters for Wall Street are
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Both Wall Street and
Nafisi’s special class were chosen to be the “smart” people based on a specific set of qualifications, being an Ivy League student and being a female interested in literature, respectively. Wall Street recruiters chose those who conformed to the Ivy League “norm” of going into the field of finance while Nafisi chose those who were able to think outside of the
“norms” of their

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