The introduction of this volume argues that while the social science scholarship on inequality in India has mostly focused on the lower-end of power, processes of privilege consolidation have been relatively less studied. Such an exclusive preoccupation with the dynamics of deprivation can sometimes lead us to ignore the relational dimensions of inequality and the role played by the upper-end of power in these dynamics. As the Indian social structure expands with economic growth, some of the middle-class spaces have begun to increasingly intersect and overlap with politics and business, contributing to a renewal of the elite demographics. The authors argue it is important to extend our understanding of these complex processes and to discuss the sociological dimensions of elite lives in the post-1990s India, their different dimensions, diversities, and directions.
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