course

There has been growing attention to inequality in the social sciences literature. The move from poverty, which defined the poor as the social problem, to inequality, defined as a relational and global issue, has also brought growing attention to the top of stratification system, or the so-called 'elites'. In this course we will look into different approaches to analyzing the role of elites in shaping and reproducing inequalities across the globe. Moving from economics issue of measurement and temporal trends, to political and cultural approaches relying on habitus, fields and social capital, this course will discuss different conceptual definitions of the term 'elites' (e.g. economic, political and cultural) as well as different research approaches to studying them (e.g. tax returns, surveys, network analysis, in-depth interviews and ethnographies).