Researching Amongst Elites

Researching Amongst Elites


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Researching Amongst Elites by Luis L.M. Aguiar

Academics often direct their research 'across' in order to examine issues that grip members of the middle classes, or 'down' in order to understand the difficulties workers and other marginalized groups endure. Research that is directed 'up' at individuals and groups with positions of greater wealth and power is less common, yet 'studying up' can contribute to our understanding of growing inequality, economic polarization and social change by studying the rich, powerful and elite in our society. Presenting the latest empirical case studies from Canada, the USA and Australia this volume explores the challenges and difficulties involved in conducting research amongst the rich and elite, whilst shedding light on the manner in which power is harnessed, protected and controlled to manage and manipulate resources, A demonstration of the importance of studying up to our understanding of decision-making, governance and the nature of contemporary democracy in the global economy. Researching Amongst Elites will be of interest to sociologists, anthropologists and geographers working in areas such as social research methods, social stratification, the sociology of elites and relations of class, wealth and power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781409429555
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/12/2012
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Luis L.M. Aguiar is Associate Professor of Sociology at University of the British Columbia, Kelowna, Canada and Christopher J. Schneider is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of British Columbia, Kelowna, Canada.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

About the Editors ix

List of Contributors xi

1 Redirecting the Academic Gaze Upward Luis L.M. Aguiar 1

2 "Studying Up" Wall Street: Reflections on Theory and Methodology Karen Ho 29

3 "Studying Up" in the Context of Civil War: Understanding Armed Defense of the Status Quo Carolyn Gallaher 49

4 Getting in and Finding Out: Accessing and Interviewing Elites in Business and Work Contexts Shaun Ryan John Lewer 71

5 Interviewing Celebrities: Strategies for Getting Beyond the Sound Bite Michael Ian Borer 89

6 Examining Elites Using Qualitative Media Analysis: Celebrity News Coverage and TMZ Christopher J. Schneider 103

7 Overlooking the Workers: Community Leaders' Perspectives on Plant Closures and Economic Recession June Corman Ann Duffy Norene Pupo 121

8 The Globality of Globals: From Floating to Escape Routes Anthony Elliott 141

9 Studying Immigrant Entrepreneurs: From Ordinary to Big Players in the Transnational Capitalist Class Karl Froschauer Lloyd L. Wong 159

10 Productive Disorientation, or the Ups and Downs of Embodied Research Virginie Magnat 179

11 Interviewing Elite Men: Feminist Reflections on Studying "Up" and Selling Out Shelley Pacholok 199

12 Turning over Rocks and Unsettling Memories: "Studying Up" Euro-Canadians in the Spaces between Cultures Natalie A. Chambers 217

13 Methodological Challenges Faced when Researching in Hostile Environments: The SAWP in a Canadian Hinterland Patricia Tomic Ricardo Trumper 233

Afterword Luis L.M. Aguiar Christopher J. Schneider 253

Index 257

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