High society (social class)

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In Western culture, high society, also called in some contexts simply "Society", is a category of people deemed to have greater wealth, social status or prestige than the rest of the population. It includes their related affiliations, social events and practices.[1][2][dubious ] Various social clubs were open to members based on assessments of their ranking and role within high society, and in American high society, the Social Register is a key resource for identifying qualified members.

Members of high society receive media attention in various ways, such as listing in the Social Register, coverage in the society pages of newspapers, or through distinctive public identifiers, such as the "upper tens" in mid-19th century New York City, or "the 400", Ward McAllister's late 19th-century term for the number of people Mrs. William Backhouse Astor, Jr's ballroom could supposedly accommodate,[3][4] although the actual number was 273.[5]

Debutantes are young female members of high society being officially presented for the first time, at debutante balls or cotillions.

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  1. ^ Foulkes, Nick. High Society: The History of America's Upper Class . Assouline, 2008. ISBN 2759402886
  2. ^ Susman, Tina. "Trial shines a spotlight on New York's high society", Los Angeles Times (September 16, 2009)
  3. ^ Mooney, James E. "Astor [née Schermerhorn] Caroline (Webster)" in Jackson, Kenneth T. (ed.), (2010) The Encyclopedia of New York City (2nd edition). New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-11465-2, p.72
  4. ^ Burrows, Edwin G. & Wallace, Mike (1999). Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195116348. , pp.962-963
  5. ^ Mooney, James E. "Society" in Jackson, Kenneth T. (ed.), (2010) The Encyclopedia of New York City (2nd edition). New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-11465-2, pp.1199-1201