Uzair talks to Dr. Rosita Armytage about her book Big Capital in an Unequal World: The Micropolitics of Wealth in Pakistan. We talked about factions within Pakistan’s elites, their worldview, morals, and perspectives about Pakistan and its political economy. The book is highly recommended if you want to learn more about this fascinating subject.
– Politics, Landlords and Islam in Pakistan by N. Martin
– Political Kinship in Pakistan: Descent, Marriage, and Government Stability by S. M. Lyon
– Anxious Wealth: Money and Morality Among China’s New Rich by J. Osburg
2:00 Why study Pakistan’s elite?
10:45 Old money v. new money elites
16:20 Marriage as a form of alliance-making
19:34 Do Pakistan’s elite want to compete with global counterparts?
25:15 Elites having a belief in a higher calling
36:14 Managing elite reputations
38:45 Should we be optimistic about change?
46:50 Book recommendations