We are the 1%: rethinking national elites as protest participants

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Essay submitted to Reviews & Critical Commentary (CritCom). See [PDF]

Suggested citation for this version: Postill, J. 2013. We are the 1%: rethinking national elites as protest participants. Melbourne: RMIT University. Available at: https://johnpostill.com/2013/09/30/we-are-the-1-rethinking-national-elites-as-protest-participants

Update 26 Nov 2013 – Final version published by CritCom here. 

Final citation: Postill, J. 2013. We are the 1 percent: rethinking national elites as protest participants. Reviews & Critical Commentary (CritCom), 26 November 2013. Available at: http://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/critcom/we-are-the-1-percent-rethinking-national-elites-as-protest-participants/

Update 17 Oct 2013: see further materials here.

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More than forty years ago, Laura Nader asked herself why so few anthropologists study elites and came to the conclusion that ‘anthropologists value studying what they like and liking what they study and, in general, we prefer the underdog’ (Nader 1972: 303, quoted in Lotter 2004).

With some notable exceptions this is still largely the case today, as the following anecdote illustrates. Last…

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