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    pedigree makes all the difference in academia (I'm an academic as well).  The graduate program you come out of plays a huge role in what sort of position you'll attain once out on the market, not because of the inherit quality of your research, but because of how you're situated among the network of high powered academics.  Getting into those high powered graduate programs, in its turn, has a lot to do with the socio-economic background from which one came (whether or not one attended first rate secondary schools that allowed them to enter first rate undergrad programs, mastery of language arising from the region and class one was brought up in, economic means allowing one to devote herself to academics rather than working like a dog to eat and pay rent, etc).  

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