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Mapping the Elite: Power, Privilege, and Inequality

Mapping the Elite: Power, Privilege, and Inequality

by Surinder S. Jodhka, Jules NaudetSurinder S. Jodhka
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India is being widely seen as an emerging economic and political power on the global scene. Despite having the largest population of chronically poor in the world today, it is home to a sizeable number of thriving rich and flourishing middle classes. They are reshaping the country's popular image and its self-imagination. Equally important are its political dynamics. With increasing participation of erstwhile-marginalized sections in the electoral process, the social profile of India's political elite has been changing, making way for those coming from the middle and lower strata of the traditional social order, thus broadening the social base of political power. Mapping the Elite seeks to expand the understanding of processes of formations and transformations of the Indian elite. The contributors explore the emergent elite spaces, the new idioms of power and inequality, the diverse strategies in which symbolic boundaries of privilege are traced in everyday lives, as well as the class mobilities in an age of proclaimed meritocracy. They do so by using the sociological frames of caste, class, gender, community, and their intersections.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199491070
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Series: Exploring India's Elite Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,054,270
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Surinder S. Jodhka, Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Systems,. School of Social Sciences. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi,Jules Naudet, Research Fellow, CNRS Paris

Surinder S. Jodhka is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Jules Naudet is an alumnus of Sciences Po Paris and of the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (Hindi) and holds a doctorate in Sociology. His doctoral research focused on a comparative analysis of the experience of upward social mobility in France, in India and in the United-States.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface and Acknowledgements xiii

List of Abbreviations xv

Introduction 1

I Merit, Privilege, and Entitlements

1 The Meritocrats: The Indian Institutes of Technology and the Social Life of Caste Ajantha Subramanian 37

2 Heirs, Corporate Aristocrats, and 'Meritocrats': The Social Space of Top CEOs and Chairpersons in India Jules Naudet Adrien Allorant Mathieu Ferry 70

3 Issues of Entitlement Saurabh Dube 115

II Indian Elites and the Global Scene

4 Artefacts and Artifices of the Global: Practices of US Architects in India's National Capital Region Namita Vijay Dharia 139

5 Kula Gauravam, Transnational Migration, and Class Mobility: Reconfiguring the Dominant Caste Status in Coastal Andhra Sanam Roohi 162

6 'Take This Land': A Brief History of the Karnataka Golf Association Patrick Inglis 186

III Women at the Top: Gender Intersections

7 Reproducing Elite Lives: Women in Agarwal Family Businesses Ujithra Ponniah 217

8 For Things to Remain (Sort of) the Same, Everything Must Change: India's First-Generation Professional Elites and the Surreptitious Reproduction of Hierarchy Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen 246

9 The Secret Lives of Money: Understanding Elite Women of Delhi Parul Bhandari 274

Editors and Contributors 301

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