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A gendered ethnography of elites: women, inequality, and social reproduction

Glucksberg, Luna (2018) A gendered ethnography of elites: women, inequality, and social reproduction. Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, 81 (2018). pp. 16-28. ISSN 0920-1297

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Identification Number: 10.3167/fcl.2018.810102

Abstract

This article offers a critical ethnography of the reproduction of elites and inequalities through the lenses of class and gender. The successful transfer of wealth from one generation to the next is increasingly a central concern for the very wealthy. This article shows how the labor of women from elite and non-elite backgrounds enables and facilitates the accumulation of wealth by elite men. From covering “the home front” to investing heavily in their children’s future, and engaging non-elite women’s labor to help them, the elite women featured here reproduced not just their families, but their families as elites. Meanwhile, the affective and emotional labor of non-elite women is essential for maintaining the position of wealth elites while also locking those same women into the increasing inequality they help to reproduce.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.berghahnjournals.com/view/journals/foc...
Additional Information: © 2018 Stichting Focaal and Berghahn Books
Divisions: International Inequalities Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Research centres and groups > International Inequalities Institute
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2018 15:09
Last Modified: 24 May 2019 09:42
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/89700

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