Sociologist William Domhoff is quoted in a New York Times article today about the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. While the move was widely hailed as one of inclusion, the article looks at ways in which it continues a pattern of elite reproduction by picking justices almost exclusively from Ivy League schools.

In the article, “An Ivy-Covered Path to the Supreme Court“, Domhoff is quoted as saying:

There is both a funneling and homogenizing effect from these schools.

[The effect] plays out in terms of social networks, cultural/social capital, and a feeling of being part of the in-group.

Also quoted is sociologist Stanley Aronowitz who suggests that what happens in such situations is “people wanting to appoint themselves,” and who think that for them, “‘diversity’ is Yale, Harvard, Princeton and Columbia.”

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