Jakob Rösel: Elites and Aristocracy in Colonial and Postcolonial Sri Lanka, pp. 15-32

“Elites and Aristocracy in Colonial and Post-colonial Sri Lanka” attempts to answer two major questions: First, what is an “elite” and how can we define one? Concentrating on aristocracy and with reference to Georg Simmel, I will describe forms of social and cultural self-aggrandis-ement and self-construction, which have served many elites as a model and ideal type for emula-tion and further development.

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