Elite Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives

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Stephen Nugent, Cris Shore
Routledge, Dec 16, 2003 - Social Science - 272 pages
Drawing on a diverse, comparative ethnographic literature, this new volume examines the intimate spaces and cultural practices of those elites who occupy positions of power and authority across a variety of different settings.
Using ethnographic case studies from a wide range of geographical areas, including Mexico, Peru, Amazonia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Europe, North America and Africa, the contributors explore the inner worlds of meaning and practice that define and sustain elite identities. They also provide insights into the cultural mechanisms that maintain elite status, and into the complex ways that elite groups relate to, and are embedded within, wider social and historical processes.
 

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Contents

Introduction towards an anthropology of elites
1
World society as an old regime
22
Elites politics and peripheries
37
The powers behind the masks Mexicos political class and social elites at the end of the millennium
39
Gente boa elites in and of Amazonia
61
Elites on the margins mestizo traders in the southern Peruvian Andes
74
The vanishing elite the political and cultural work of nationalist revolution in Sri Lanka
91
The changing nature of elites in Indonesia today
110
Cultural heritage and the role of traditional intellectuals in Mali and Cameroon
145
The construction of elite status in the extreme Southern Highlands of Madagascar
158
Revising the past the heritage elite and Native peoples in North America
173
Revolution and royal style problems of postsocialist legitimacy in Laos
189
Elites professionals and networks
207
How far can you go? English Catholic elites and the erosion of ethnic boundaries
209
Presymptomatic networks tracking experts across medical science and the new genetics
227
Anthropologists lions andor foxes An afterword
249

Elites hegemony and tradition
127
Settlers and their elites in Kenya and Liberia
129

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