Mandarin

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A high public or government official of the Chinese empire; the term has been used in reference to the power wielded by a mandarin-like class of professionals—physicians, lawyers, scientists, engineers, middle managers, etc.
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As much as Said extols the old-school erudition and learning that characterized the Jewish mandarinate, it is really the quality of their excludedness and not their exclusivity that Said puts most to the fore.
In the fifteenth century, these lineages had each produced a mandarinate graduate who had reorganized bronze manufacturing in joint effort by forming guilds, each of which specialized in producing certain items.
In the first case, the French colonialists were determined to break the mandarinate's 'Chinese'-style culture, by forcing the romanization of Vietnamese in the schools and publishing houses that it sponsored.
The great betrayal reached its climax with the Vietnam War where our "best and brightest" American mandarinate sent the sons and daughters of the veterans on an impossible mission led by the "MBAs of war" whose corporatized army could not provide real military leadership and was unable to fight effectively.
Did the tests create what he calls "the Mandarinate" or did they merely change the standards of admission--and generally for the better?
Perhaps it requires someone who can still believe that capitalism is a cultural construct to fully articulate the romantic anticapitalism of the German academic mandarinate circa 1910.
Birdzell (1986) argue that China lost its early economic lead over the West in large part because the mandarinate controlled the economy more efficiently than Western bureaucrats did.
They were invented about two thousand years ago in China and evolved into that country's famous mandarinate. It helped maintain the stability and integrity of long-term Chinese dynasties.
How many hours have you spent in conversations about the unfairness of someone's having gotten an undeserved elite berth in the mandarinate? It takes up an enormous amount of psychological space when someone you knew had to go to Cornell instead of Brown because of an affirmative action or alumni-child admit; your strong natural inclination is to think that any deviation from neutral equal opportunity to attend an elite institution is a betrayal of the ideal of equal opportunity for all Americans.
We hear a good deal of the 'mandarinate', a term which Cooper uses 'to identify Eliot's primary readership as a loosely organized social group', or 'a small clan of English Intellectuals and professional people'.
This is not without value, but one is not easily convinced that Spender's particular experience is congruent with, much less able to stand for or in opposition to, a mandarinate fearful of losing its self as it loses cultural hegemony, or a critical prose able to let its grammar become captive to thwarted attentions.
In addition, the university had already become politicized through the subordination of knowledge to politico-utilitarian ends, such as the training of civil servants and state bureaucrats--among whose number were counted the very academic mandarinate that presided over the German university itself.