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The “Star” System In America

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The influence of a "star" system becomes increasingly likely in a society that is competitive but also big and anonymous so that people don't have the chance to get to know each other very well. In America image often ends up what is being judged because competency is just not known or even particularly understood by those doing the judging. In Britain even professors who don't like each other for ethnic and political, essentially snobbish, reasons, can still know each other enough to respect each other professionally. This is possible only when the community of scholars is small enough so that they can get to know each other in order to judge each other's work, in depth rather than just superficially.

Keywords: America; star system

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