Release of Stepping into the Elite by CNRS scholar Jules Naudet

DCM - Embassy of France, Ms Claire Thuaudet release a book by CNRS scholar Jules Naudet, Stepping into the Elite: Trajectories of Social Achievement in India, France, and the United States.

New Delhi, 25 October 2018

The Embassy of France was pleased to release Stepping into the Elite: Trajectories of Social Achievement in India, France, and the United States, a book by Jules Naudet, Research Fellow - CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research), France. The book has been translated from the original French title, Entrer dans l’élite: Parcours de réussite en France, aux Etats-Unis et en Inde, by Renuka George, and published by Oxford University Press.

Minister Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission, Ms Claire Thuaudet was pleased to host the event, which was followed by a reception, on Thursday, 25th October 2018, at the Residence of France.

About the book

The experience of shifting from one social class to another – from a dominated group to a dominant group – raises the question of how the upwardly mobile person relates to his/her group of origin. Stepping into the Elite traces the particular ways in which upwardly mobile people in India, France, and the United States – countries embodying three distinct stratification systems –make sense of this change. Given that people draw upon specific cultural tools or repertoires to analyse their world and situate themselves in it, Jules Naudet identifies the extent to which narratives of ‘success’ vary from one country to another. A sociological journey in three different cultural contexts, this book deftly ties the exploration of questions regarding transformation of social identity and views on being successful.

About the author

Jules Naudet is a research fellow with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS- National Centre for Scientific Research), Paris, France. He is an alumnus of Sciences Po Paris and the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (Hindi) and holds a doctorate in Sociology. His doctoral research focused on a comparative analysis of the experience of upward social mobility in France, India and the United States. He carried out his postdoctoral research as a member of the Equipe de recherche sur les inégalités sociales (ERIS), which is part of the Centre Maurice Halbwachs (EHESS/ENS/CNRS). His current research is devoted to the study of the Indian business elite.

His other publications include Justifier l’ordre social, co-edited with Christophe Jaffrelot (PUF 2013); Grand Patron, Fils d’ouvrier (Le Seuil, "Raconter la vie" series); and Ce que les riches pensent des pauvres (Le Seuil 2017), co-authored with Serge Paugam, Bruno Cousin and Camila Giorgetti.

Jules Naudet is also a member of the editorial board of SAMAJ as well as of “La Vie des Idées”. He also co-organizes the research seminar “Sociology of Inequalities in India” at the EHESS (along with Joël Cabalion, Mathieu Ferry, Odile Henry and Olivier Roueff).

About the translator

Renuka George is a French–English translator and documentary filmmaker who lives between New Delhi and France. She has translated into English numerous French titles in the field of social sciences, fiction and children’s literature.

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