Episode 87 – How Do Pakistan’s 1% Live?

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.

Reading Recommendations:

– 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