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978-0-7391-8296-3 • Paperback • March 2013 • $45.99 • (£35.00)
978-0-7391-3414-6 • eBook • July 2012 • $43.50 • (£33.00)
Jessica Holden Sherwood is assistant professor of social sciences at Johnson & Wales University.
Chapter 1. Business and Pleasure: The Social Context of Exclusive Clubs
Chapter 2. Denials and Justifications: Club Members Account for Exclusivity
Chapter 3. Similar But Diverse: Explaining Race and Ethnicity in the Clubs
Chapter 4. Gender Accounts, Or Why the Golf Course is the Dads' Domain
Chapter 5. Conclusion
Chapter 6 Methodological Appendix
Jessica Sherwood has produced a book that is worthy of serious attention. . . . A strength of the book is the thorough methodology which Sherwood refers to frequently throughout her narrative and also further extends in a separate section. Additionally, Sherwood gives thoughtful insights into how the thoughts and opinion of the affluent affect those around them. . . . Wealth, whiteness and the matrix of privilege: The View from the Country Club is well organized, thorough and thought provocative. Sherwood has provided a safe place in which to explore the matrix of the privileged as we beat on against the currents of our stations in life.
— Journal of Social Science
Sherwood’s analysis of country clubs provides valuable insight into some of the ways that privilege is maintained and protected at both social and structural levels. She goes to great lengths to continually connect the microlevel interactions of club members to larger macrostructures and processes. For those who have never been privy to seeing inside the walls of America’s elite country clubs, Sherwood provides several well-developed reasons why that might be the case.
— Oxford Journals
This rare and informative interview study of members of high-status social clubs fully reveals the clubs' role in generating the social and cultural capital that help maintain class dominance in the United States.
— G William Domhoff, University of California, Santa Cruz