Studying-up those who fell down: elite transformation in Nepal

Stefanie Lotter
1970 Anthropology matters journal  
This article discusses the methodological challenges of studying elites, and argues that both the negotiation of access and the position of the researcher in relation to the studied elite group are vital to the research outcome. Unlike previous studies that took the stance of associating with the elites, this article favours a perspective 'from below' borrowing conceptually from 'subaltern studies' to reveal the working of gatekeepers and the study of imposed hierarchy as an inherent part of
more » ... inherent part of the representation of an elite culture. Studying the Rana, an elite clan past its prime, this study shows that an approach beginning with the declined periphery and proceeding to the power centre presents an extensive view on the working of elites.
doi:10.22582/am.v6i2.104 fatcat:y7a7ykucxzfh5dbtt7e36h4noa