Elite perceptions of the poor: reflections for a comparative research project
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- Department of Sociology 
This articlc presents the theoretical foundations for an ongoing researchproject on elites and their perceptions of poverty and poor people withintheir own societies. We are addressing this topic for two reasons. First, virtuallynothing is known about such perceptions in most societies, especiallyin less developed countries where poverty is most serious and where ourwork is mainly focused. Second, the way in which elites perceive and definepoverty can powerfully affect social policy and the quality of life of the poor.