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Mapping the ElitePower, Privilege, and Inequality$
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Surinder S. Jodhka and Jules Naudet

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199491070

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199491070.001.0001

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Issues of Entitlement

Issues of Entitlement

(p.115) 3 Issues of Entitlement
Mapping the Elite

Saurabh Dube

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores some of the ways in which affect and entitlement, friendship and privilege, and memory and hierarchy come together and fall apart. Focusing on my diverse elite subjects, including members of my cohort from high school—a co-educational institution with a privileged status in the heart of New Delhi—I seek to weave together narrative and analysis, ethnographic vignettes and anecdotal theory. Here, the many faces, colours, and smells of privilege are crucial to tracking the distinctions and differences, the contradictions and contentions among the elite. Indeed, at the core of my interpretive bid are critical questions turning on the incessant interplay between power and difference and authority and alterity.

Keywords:   affect, friendship, privilege, gender, class, entitlement, capital, New Delhi, crony-capitalism

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