Mapping the Elite: Power, Privilege, and Inequality in Contemporary India

ISBN : 9780199491070

Surinder S. Jodhka; Jules Naudet
320 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Aug 2019
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This edited volume is dedicated to the study of social, economic, and political elites in India. It's contributors address some fundamental questions regarding India's social and economic elites, the change in their composition in recent years, their relationship with each other and with the rest of the social body, and the role of caste in the configuration and reconfiguration of social and economic elites by analysing elite discourses and representations and what they reveal of their social inscription in contemporary India. The editors have sorted this book into three broad themes. The first theme concerns elite spaces which explores the uneasiness of elites to handle public and private spaces and interests. The second theme concerns the trajectories of particular elite groups such as the dominant caste called the Kammas of Andhra Pradesh, the Jats of Uttar Pradesh, and Urban elites. The third and final theme concerns elite lives and practices of diverse elite groups. This book is addressed to not only the scholar community interested in the sociology of India's elites, but to any reader interested in knowing how recent social and economic change in India affects the lives and trajectories of its elites.


Preface and Acknowledgements
Surinder S. Jodhka and Jules Naudet
Section I: Merit, Privilege and Entitlements
1. The Meritocrats: The Indian Institutes of Technology and the Social Life of Caste
Ajantha Subramanian
2.Heirs, Corporate Aristocrats, and Meritocrats: The Social Space of Top CEOs and Chairmen in India
Jules Naudet, Adrien Allorant, and Mathieu Ferry
3. Issues of Entitlement
Saurabh Dube
Section II: Indian Elites and The Global Scene
4. Artifacts and Artifices of the Global: Practices of US Architects in India's National Capital Region
Namita Dharia
5. Kula Gauravam, Transnational Migration, and the Reconfiguration of the Dominant Caste Status in Coastal Andhra
Sanam Roohi
6. Neoliberal Fairways: A Brief History of the Karnataka Golf Association
Patrick Inglis
Section III: Women at the Top: Gender Intersections
7. Reproducing Elite Lives: Women in Aggarwal Family-Businesses
Ujithra Ponniah
8. For Things To Remain (Sort Of) The Same, Everything Must Change: India's First Generation Professional Elites & The Surreptitious Reproduction Of Hierarchy
Swethaa S. Ballakrishnen
9. The Secret Lives of Money: Understanding Elite Women of Delhi
Parul Bhandari
About the Editors and Contributors

About the author: 

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.

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