ABSTRACT

Prestige is the conception of honor that positively aff ects an individual’s hierarchical social value in a group. Prestige is the process whereby external groups grant honor to a member for achieving or displaying excellence in deeds and attributes considered good by said group. Prestige has deep theoretical roots and, though it is given for many reasons, it is how individuals gain positive social value and distinction. With the variety of words that could be used for this particular conception, I use “prestige” not because of the fi rst defi nition given above, but because of the second. To command position in people’s minds is to state unequivocally that prestige controls the ubiquitous internalization of hierarchized social value. Prestige is a tool for reminding the masses who are the elite.