Elite Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives


The anthropological study of elites has gained increasing prominence with the issues of power, prestige and status in the societies of of anthropologists themselves. However, our understanding of elites is often partial, obscured as it is by the theoretical weaknesses of Western models on the one hand and, on the other, by the difficulties in studying elites from the 'inside'. 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.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Cris Shore
  • Keith Hart
  • John Gledhill
  • Stephen Nugent
  • Penelope Harvey
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • London
Publication year:
  • 2002


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