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The making and unmaking of cosmopolitan elites: hierarchy, diversity, and Indian diplomats in international society

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This is a thesis about belonging. With the analytical sensibilities of reflexive sociology, inspired by Pierre Bourdieu, it examines how Indian diplomats have sought to navigate the hierarchies of international society, re-enacting colonial “standards of civilization” as they perform the role of confident cosmopolitans, at home in the world.

The chapters cohere around an analysis of the Indian diplomatic cleft habitus, suspended between two radically different conceptions of intern...

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SSD
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Politics & Int Relations
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Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
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University of Oxford

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