Fringe nobles and boundary maintenance: an exploration

Winzler, T. (2022) Fringe nobles and boundary maintenance: an exploration. Social Science Information, 61(2-3), pp. 345-368. (doi: 10.1177/05390184221114006)

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This article explores a sub-group of elites at the border to non-elites that I shall call fringe nobles. It develops the theoretical interest in this group, understood as a structural ideal-type. It then fleshes out the characteristics of it with the help of historical examples of relational studies of fringe nobles before complementing this with a case-study on study motivation of German fringe noble economics students. The habitus of this group is characterized by a taste for purification and field-specific extreme positions – in the field of contemporary economics, this seems expressed by the likely uptake of an ultraliberal position. The article then goes on to explore the links of this position-taking with a specific feeling of threat before turning to the position-taking of fringe noble economists in the field of politics. The article concludes with a plea for a sociology of fringe nobles by formulating further empirical and theoretical questions.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Winzler, Dr Tim
Authors: Winzler, T.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Social Science Information
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1461-7412
Published Online:03 August 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Author
First Published:First published in Social Science Information 61(2-3): 345-368
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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