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Description - New Directions in Elite Studies by Olav Korsnes

Since the financial crisis, the issue of the 'one percent' has become the centre of intense public debate, unavoidable even for members of the elite themselves. Moreover, inquiring into elites has taken centre-stage once again in both journalistic investigations and academic research.

New Directions in Elite Studies attempts to move the social scientific study of elites beyond economic analysis, which has greatly improved our knowledge of inequality, but is restricted to income and wealth. In contrast, this book mobilizes a broad scope of research methods to uncover the social composition of the power elite - the 'field of power'. It reconstructs processes through which people gain access to positions in this particular social space, examines the various forms of capital they mobilize in the process - economic, but also cultural and social capital - and probes changes over time and variations across national contexts.

Bringing together the most advanced research into elites by a European and multidisciplinary group of scholars, this book presents an agenda for the future study of elites. It will appeal to all those interested in the study of elites, inequality, class, power, and gender inequality.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781138059191
ISBN-10: 1138059196
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 322
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 12-Dec-2017
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Olav Korsnes

Olav Korsnes is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bergen, Norway Johan Heilbron is a historical sociologist and Director of Research at the Centre Europeen de Sociologie et de Science Politique de la Sorbonne (CESSP-CNRS-EHESS) in Paris, France Johs. Hjellbrekke is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bergen, Norway, and Director of the Norwegian University Centre in Paris, France Felix Buhlmann is Assistant Professor of Life Course Sociology at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland Mike Savage is Martin White Professor of Sociology and co-Director of the International Inequalities Institute, LSE, UK

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