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Consecrating and Desecrating Elite Communities: Fearing and Dealing with Social Deviance in Sweden's Wealthiest Neighborhood
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm Business School.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4725-8757
Number of Authors: 12022 (English)In: Cultural Sociology, ISSN 1749-9755, E-ISSN 1749-9763, Vol. 16, no 3, p. 358-378Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article I report observations from an ethnographic study of a Swedish economic elite community, including interviews with residents and service staff, and participant observations in various social contexts stretching over a period of five years that can contribute to an understanding of how elite communities respond to potential social deviance among its members, such as feelings of insufficiency and stress, thus trying to avoid any 'desecration' of their social and cultural capital. Specifically, I examine how the practices through which desecration is avoided, for example the exclusion of unwanted members, interplay in the further consecration of the communities, thus maintaining and strengthening elites' status and standing, Studying the problems and difficulties experienced by elites in their neighborhood settings, and how they try to manage them, is potentially an important step forward to better analyze and understand the way powerful groups in contemporary society maintain and strengthen their privileges and power.

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2022. Vol. 16, no 3, p. 358-378
Keywords [en]
consecration, cultural capital, desecration, elites, power
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-200388DOI: 10.1177/17499755211053172ISI: 000724780900001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85120337496OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-200388DiVA, id: diva2:1624731
Available from: 2022-01-04 Created: 2022-01-04 Last updated: 2022-10-05Bibliographically approved

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