High society (social class)

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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 in a Western culture. It includes their related affiliations, social events and practices. Such groups are defined by key events and cultural affiliations which together identify their typical interactions.[1][2][dubious ] For instance, 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,[citation needed] such as the prominence of the jet set in popular culture in past decades, 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.

See also[edit]

  • Category:High society, for various groups, events, and affiliations, which together constitute the concept

References[edit]

  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