Elite Distinction: Grand Theory and Comparative Perspectives

Elite Distinction: Grand Theory and Comparative Perspectives Comparative Sociology 6 (2007) 27–74 Comparative Sociology CompSoc www.brill.nl/coso 1) One caveat is in order here. In this article, my concern is almost exclusively with elite distinction and not with social distinction as a whole (i.e. also including, for instance, middle class differentiation from labour classes), although subaltern representations will sometimes be touched on. I should add that I am employing the term elite because it has the advantage of subsuming many types of upper groups, including in those social contexts where the concept of class would be inappropriate. Regarding the word distinction, as is widely recognised, it presents the advantage of referring not only to the objective idea of separation but also to noticeable eminence and finally to refined manners. It might be worth noticing that this triple meaning can be found in various European languages. © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/156913307X187397 Elite Distinction: Grand Th eory and Comparative Perspectives Jean-Pascal Daloz Institute for Political Studies, Bordeaux, France, and University of Oslo, Norway j.p.daloz@sciencespobordeaux.fr Abstract Most of the major social theorists have addressed the issue of distinction. Largely ignoring each other’s views on the matter, they have mainly sought to integrate their discussion within their http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Comparative Sociology Brill

Elite Distinction: Grand Theory and Comparative Perspectives

Comparative Sociology, Volume 6 (1-2): 27 – Jan 1, 2007

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© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Comparative Sociology 6 (2007) 27–74 Comparative Sociology CompSoc www.brill.nl/coso 1) One caveat is in order here. In this article, my concern is almost exclusively with elite distinction and not with social distinction as a whole (i.e. also including, for instance, middle class differentiation from labour classes), although subaltern representations will sometimes be touched on. I should add that I am employing the term elite because it has the advantage of subsuming many types of upper groups, including in those social contexts where the concept of class would be inappropriate. Regarding the word distinction, as is widely recognised, it presents the advantage of referring not only to the objective idea of separation but also to noticeable eminence and finally to refined manners. It might be worth noticing that this triple meaning can be found in various European languages. © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/156913307X187397 Elite Distinction: Grand Th eory and Comparative Perspectives Jean-Pascal Daloz Institute for Political Studies, Bordeaux, France, and University of Oslo, Norway j.p.daloz@sciencespobordeaux.fr Abstract Most of the major social theorists have addressed the issue of distinction. Largely ignoring each other’s views on the matter, they have mainly sought to integrate their discussion within their

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Published: Jan 1, 2007

Keywords: SOCIAL THEORY; ELITES; COMPARISONS; SOCIAL DISTINCTION; CULTURES

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