elitism

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elitism

Politics the belief that society should be governed by a select group of gifted and highly educated individuals
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At times he is openly derogatory about what he considers to be intellectual snobbery.
Yet, the easy claim of intellectual snobbery is never just a straw man or a relic of distant reception theory.
But Lind depicts Raina's subtle intellectual snobbery perfectly, and for Ryan she has written witty lines that prove someone can be whip-smart without being expensively educated.
The passer-by was supposed to know that scholarship required a respectful silence, and if a certain intellectual snobbery was implied, so be it.
My snobbery," he sighs, "is of a different kind, the kind I think of as intellectual snobbery.
The Government's new plans for education, which I broadly support and have spent some time advocating, are in danger of following many other initiatives into the quagmire of British intellectual snobbery.
The thing in Stiglitz's article which really struck me as not right was his intellectual snobbery.
And that is where the relationship between the two offerings seems to end Moliere's The Learned Ladies, written in 1672, mocks the intellectual snobbery of his Paris, particularly the upper-crust ladies who met in salons to discuss such "learned" matters as poetry philosophy and science.
Often it does not occur to literary critics that "folklore infuses all levels of society" (Hemenway 128); that everyone is the folk, even the critics themselves; and that intellectual snobbery toward groups with less formal education is a part of the superstitions, folk beliefs, and mythology of the upper class.
Surely he is opposing such intellectual snobbery by making his hero an emphatically ordinary person.
It was nasty, patronising, intellectual snobbery at its worst and an affront to decent viewers who shared the Prime Minister's emotions.

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