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Shamus Khan
Shamus Khan
Associate Professor of Sociology, Columbia University
Elite New York
Elite New York
New Yorkers often tell the history of their city through the image of the tired, poor, huddled masses who came to its shores yearning to be free. But what might we see if instead we tell the story of the city from a different perspective -- from that of its elite? Wandering through 400 years of the city's history, this talk will give a different kind of glimpse into the city of New York. Our great metropolis was founded not as an experiment in political liberty, but instead as a corporation dedicated to the pursuit of profit. We might ask, what has changed?
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120 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002, USA
Bio
Shamus Khan is a professor and author whose work has appeared in various high-profile publications, most recently including TIME Magazine and The New York Times. Khan's work focuses upon social stratification, specifically on the elite social class within our society. His first book is entitled Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite at St. Paul's School (Princeton 2011), and he is currently completing a book on the History of the city of New York as told from the perspective of the elite tier of society, entitled Exceptional: The Astors, Elite New York, and the Story of American Inequality (forthcoming, Princeton).