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Mapping the Elite: Power, Privilege, and Inequality

Surinder S. Jodhka and Jules Naudet


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 tradit ... More

Keywords: elite, power, privilege, inequality, capitalism, caste, class

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199491070
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199491070.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Surinder S. Jodhka, editor
Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Jules Naudet, editor
Research Fellow, CNRS Paris

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Surinder S. Jodhka and Jules Naudet

I Merit, Privilege, and Entitlements

1 The Meritocrats*

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2 Heirs, Corporate Aristocrats, and ‘Meritocrats’*

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II Indian Elites and the Global Scene

6 ‘Take This Land’

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III Women at the Top: Gender Intersections

7 Reproducing Elite Lives

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