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Researching Elites and Power

Theory, Methods, Analyses

Editors: Denord, Francois, Palme, Mikael, Réau, Bertrand (Eds.)

  • Provides a panorama of social sciences methods for studying elites and power
  • Applies theories and methods to different territories of elites and power
    Discusses the classic divides in elite research 
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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.

About the authors

Mikael Palme is Associate Professor in Sociology of Education at Uppsala University. Oriented towards the sociology of education and culture, his research includes ethnographic as well as quantitative studies of Swedish secondary and higher education, especially elite education. Along with Donald Broady, he was one of the early introducers of Pierre Bourdieu’s sociology in Scandinavia.

Bertrand Réau is a sociologist at Conservatoire national des Arts et Métiers. His current research interests focus on economics, cultural practices, job and employment. His recent published papers and works are on the following topics: tourism activities and social consumption of space and place, the globalization and the rearrangement within various social science disciplines around the category of “Studies”, the relationships between tourism and ethnicity in Southeast Asia, the extension of theme parks in the world. He is the author of Les Français et les vacances. Sociologie de l’offre et des pratiques de loisirs (2011). As a co-author, he published, together with Saskia Cousin, Sociologie du Tourisme, (2011) and La sociologie de Charles Wright Mills (2014), together with François Denord.

François Denord is a sociologist and a researcher at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, CESSP, Paris, France). He teaches at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and University of Paris 1 (Sorbonne). His researches focus on the dynamics of the power structure and political ideologies in contemporary France. He is the author of Neo-libéralisme version française (2007, 2016) and the co-author of L’Europe sociale n’aura pas lieu (2009), La sociologie de C. Wright Mills (2014) and Le concert des puissants (2016).

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Researching Elites and Power
Book Subtitle
Theory, Methods, Analyses
Editors
  • Francois Denord
  • Mikael Palme
  • Bertrand Réau
Series Title
Methodos Series
Series Volume
16
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-45175-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-45175-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-45174-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIV, 270
Number of Illustrations
15 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
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