Researching Elites and Power [electronic resource] : Theory, Methods, Analyses / edited by Francois Denord, Mikael Palme, Bertrand Réau
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- Chapter 1. Introduction -- Section I: The Power Structure -- Chapter 2. The Power Structure and Membership Network Analysis -- Chapter 3. The field of power and the division of the labour of domination Handwritten notes for the 1985-1986 Collège de France lectures -- Chapter 4. Constructing a Field of Power. Reflections based on a Norwegian Case Study -- Chapter 5. The craft of elite prosopography -- Chapter 6. Legitimacies in Peril: Towards a Comparative History of Elites and State in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century France and Western Europe -- Section II: Economic Power -- Chapter 7. Researching national and international top managers. An interview with Michael Hartmann -- Chapter 8. Central bankers as a Sociological Object. Stakes, Problems and Possible Solutions -- Chapter 9. Firm's political connections and winning public procurements in Canada -- Chapter 10. Consultants and economic power -- Chapter 11. Fête in the factory. Solemnity and power among Porto's industrialists (1945-1974) -- Section III: The Formation of Elites -- Chapter 12. How should historians approach elites? -- Chapter 13. How can we identify elite schools (where they do not exist)? The case of Ireland -- Chapter 14. ''In our school we have students of all sorts'. Mapping the space of elite education in a seemingly egalitarian system -- Chapter 15. The internationalization of elite education. Merging angles of analysis and building a research object -- Section IV: Symbolic Power -- Chapter 16. A sociology of the dominant class. An interview with Monique and Michel Pinçon-Charlot -- Chapter 17. When moral obligation meets physical opportunity. Studying elite lifestyles and power in the Saint-Tropez area -- Chapter 18. The social closure of the cultural elite. The case of artists in Sweden, 1945-2004 -- Chapter 19. How to study elites' "international capital"? Some methodological reflections -- Chapter 20. Is a participant objectivation of elites and symbolic power possible? -- Chapter 21. Conclusion.
- This open access book describes how elite studies theoretically and methodologically construct their object, i.e. how particular conceptualizations of elites are turned into research practice using different methods for collecting, dealing with and analyzing empirical data. The first of four sections focuses on what Mills named the power elite and includes Bourdieu's field of power. The second section addresses studies of the domain of economic power, whereas the third section centers on research on elite education. The fourth and last section highlights research on symbolic power, either within social fields or as a dimension of social structure at large, areas where recognition is essential. All sections comprise empirical case studies of elites and power, whereby each of which makes explicit the various methodological choices made in the research process. Through focusing on methodological approaches for the study of elites and power and on how such approaches relate to each other as well as to the theoretical perspectives that underpin them, this book will be a valuable source for social scientists.
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