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Elites : Choice, Leadership and Succession

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ISBN: 9791036516344 DOI: 10.4000/books.etnograficapress.1278 Language: English
Publisher: Etnográfica Press
Subject: Social Sciences
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Wealth and power characterize elites, yet despite the strong cultural influences they exert, their study remains underdeveloped. Partly because of complications resulting from access, scholars have tended to focus on groups affected by elite governance rather than on elites themselves. It is often overlooked that, in order to continue through time, elites have to empower new members. Choice has to be exercised over who achieves leadership, both by reference to the elite group itself and to the wider group over which it holds power. This book fills a gap in the current literature by providing the first rigorous interrogation of the choice and succession strategies of elites in various cultural contexts - from the transmission and preservation of financial power in urban contexts to the complex relation between subjectivity and the transmission of leadership positions in places as varied as the United States, Northern Italy and Lisbon. Various elite succession types are discussed, from self-avowedly 'traditional' leaders to the aristocracy, where choice is practically non-existent, to situations where leaders are elected from amongst a group of peers. The relationship between familial property and choice of successor in landholding families, small business enterprises, and peasant communities is also examined, as are ethnic monopolies.

Grandes famílias, grandes empresas : Ensaio Antropológico sobre uma Elite de Lisboa

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ISBN: 9791036516306 DOI: 10.4000/books.etnograficapress.2790 Language: Portuguese
Publisher: Etnográfica Press
Subject: Social Sciences
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Para perceber em toda a sua complexidade como é que as grandes empresas portuguesas se relacionam com as grandes famílias que são suas proprietárias era necessário optar por urna metodologia etnográfica. O presente livro é exemplo de como um estudo intensivo de um número de casos relativamente pequeno, pode bem ser mais revelador do que estudos que, sendo mais abrangentes em termos numéricos, estão dependentes de modelos de interpretação menos intensivos. A elite que Maria Antónia Pedroso de Lima caracteriza corresponde ao contexto social de maior acumulação de riqueza a nível nacional português e até a nível internacional. Contudo, não poderíamos afirmar que se trata da elite portuguesa, já que a vida política e cultural portuguesa contemporânea é controlada por outros sectores sociais cuja radicação social nas classes medias profissionais é bem distinta da destas famílias empresariais. O relativo distanciamento destas famílias dos meios políticos e mediáticos nacionais posiciona-as numa espécie de marginalidade superior por relação aos contextos hegemónicos dominantes na sociedade portuguesa contemporânea. (...)

Das halbe Jahrhundert meiner Eltern

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Book Series: EUKLID : Europäische Kultur und Ideengeschichte. Studien ISSN: 18675018 ISBN: 9783731503606 Year: Volume: 8 Pages: 218 p. DOI: 10.5445/KSP/1000046370 Language: GERMAN
Publisher: KIT Scientific Publishing
Subject: Philosophy
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The titels alludes to the Dutch family history of Geert Mak ""De eeuw van mijn vader"" an exemplary history of Dutch society and mentalites. There are similarities to Walter Kempowskis historical narration ""Deutsche Chronik"" The double biographies of Rudi Kunze (1925 - 2001) and Gerda Kunze (1926 - 2010) are a unique, Hollywood-like movie plot and a characteristically German narration in the half century of extremes.

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