The anthropology of elites : power, culture, and the complexities of distinction / edited by Jon Abbink and Tijo Salverda.

by Abbink, JLooking glass; Salverda, TijoLooking glass.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.Description: vi, 256 pages ; 23 cm.ISBN: 1137290544; 9781137290540.Subject(s): Elite (Social sciences)Looking glass | Power (Social sciences)Looking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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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.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments (p. vii)
  • Introduction: An Anthropological Perspective on Elite Power and the Cultural Politics of Elites (p. 1)
  • 1 Researching Elites: Old and New Perspectives (p. 29)
  • 2 Land, Historicity, and Lifestyle: Capital and Its Conversions among the Gentry in Poland (p. 45)
  • 3 Continuity and Change as Two Identifying Principles amongst Nepalese Nobility (p. 71)
  • 4 Beyond Wealth and Pleasant Posture: Exploring Elite Competition in the Patronage Democracy of Indonesia (p. 95)
  • 5 In Defense: Elite Power (p. 113)
  • 6 Pupillage: The Shaping of a Professional Elite (p. 139)
  • 7 Becoming Elite: Exclusion, Excellence, and Collective Identity in Ireland's Top Fee-Paying Schools (p. 163)
  • 8 Financial Professionals as a Global Elite (p. 185)
  • 9 Management Consultants at Work with Clients: Maintenance and Contestation of Elite Status (p. 207)
  • 10 Money Relations, Ideology, and the Formation of a Cosmopolitan Elite at the Frontier of Transnational Capitalism: An Ethnographic Study of African Finance Professionals in Johannesburg (p. 227)
  • Notes on Contributors (p. 249)
  • Index (p. 253)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Jon Abbink is a Senior Researcher at the African Studies Centre in Leiden and a research professor of African Studies at VU University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. His most recent book is Land, Law and Politics in Africa: Mediating Conflict and Reshaping the State (edited with M. de Bruijn, 2011).
Tijo Salverda is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Human Economy Programme at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. His current research is on the investors in large-scale land acquisitions.