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The Anthropology of Elites

Power, Culture, and the Complexities of Distinction

Editors: Abbink, J., Salverda, T. (Eds.)

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Offering insightful anthropological-historical contributions to the understanding of elites worldwide, this book helps us grasp their ways of life and role in times of contested global inequalities. Case studies include the Polish gentry, the white former colonial elite of Mauritius, professional elites, and transnational (financial) elites.

About the authors

FRANCE BOURGOUIN Project Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies ALINE COURTOIS PhD candidate at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France and at University College Dublin, Ireland LONGINA JAKUBOWSKA Anthropology Fellow at University College Utrecht, Utrecht University, the Netherlands STEFANIE LOTTER Anthropologist and curator HORACIO ORTIZ Researcher at the Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation, Mines ParisTech, Paris, France FERNANDA PIRIE University Lecturer in Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Oxford, UK JUSTINE ROGERS Postdoctoral Fellow in the Business School at the University of Sydney, Australia HUIBERT SCHIJF Sociologist with a PhD from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands where he holds a position at the Department of Sociology/Anthropology DEASY SIMANDJUNTAK Post-doctoral Fellow at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) IRENE SKOVGAARD SMITH Research Consultant at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

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"Popular insurgency around the world has recently put the power of elites in the limelight. This fascinating collection of case studies reveals their insecurity as well as the strength that others often project onto them. Of special interest is the contrast between global financial elites, floating above national laws with impunity and more traditional elites embedded in local society." Keith Hart, codirector, Human Economy Program, University of Pretoria Co-Director Human Economy Program

"It is increasingly obvious that anthropological approaches substantially enrich the study of elites. This fine collection of essays contributes further to this trend both from a comparative and analytical standpoint." - Jean-Pascal Daloz, Research Professor, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, University of Strasbourg


Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction: An Anthropological Perspective on Elite Power and the Cultural Politics of Elites

    Salverda, Tijo (et al.)

    Pages 1-28

  • Researching Elites: Old and New Perspectives

    Schijf, Huibert

    Pages 29-44

  • Land, Historicity, and Lifestyle: Capital and Its Conversions among the Gentry in Poland

    Jakubowska, Longina

    Pages 45-69

  • Continuity and Change as Two Identifying Principles amongst Nepalese Nobility

    Lotter, Stefanie

    Pages 71-94

  • Beyond Wealth and Pleasant Posture: Exploring Elite Competition in the Patronage Democracy of Indonesia

    Simandjuntak, Deasy

    Pages 95-112

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Anthropology of Elites
Book Subtitle
Power, Culture, and the Complexities of Distinction
Editors
  • J. Abbink
  • T. Salverda
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Jon Abbink and Tijo Salverda
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-29055-7
DOI
10.1057/9781137290557
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-29054-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-45060-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 256
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