The Elisions and Elusions of Gentlemanly Capitalism: In relation to the British World

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It is now three decades since P. J. Cain and A. G. Hopkins developed the concept of gentlemanly capitalism and deployed it to explain three centuries of British imperial expansion. Despite heavy criticism, especially in the early days, the concept has entered scholarly and broader public discourse. This chapter offers a critical appraisal of gentlemanly capitalism. It outlines how Cain and Hopkins make three distinct sets of claims about the evolution of the British economy, about the sociology of status, and about the relationship between socio-economic elites and the state. It argues that, notwithstanding the undeniably rich analysis Cain and Hopkins weave around the concept, gentlemanly capitalism relies on a series of conceptual elisions and elusions which ultimately curtail its explanatory power. The chapter suggests however that from this critical deconstruction of the various elements of gentlemanly capitalism a fruitful new research agenda emerges.
Translated title of the contributionThe Elisions and Elusions of Gentlemanly Capitalism: In relation to the British World
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Title of host publicationBuriteisshu warudo
Subtitle of host publicationteikokuchutai no shoso
EditorsMahito Takeuchi
Place of PublicationTokyo
PublisherNihon Keizai Hyoron Sha
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019

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Dilley, A. R. (2019). Jientorumanshihonshugiron ga iwazunisumase mizunisumaseteirukoto: buriteisshu warudoron tono kanrende. In M. Takeuchi (Ed.), Buriteisshu warudo: teikokuchutai no shoso Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Hyoron Sha.

Jientorumanshihonshugiron ga iwazunisumase mizunisumaseteirukoto : buriteisshu warudoron tono kanrende. / Dilley, Andrew Richard.

Buriteisshu warudo: teikokuchutai no shoso. ed. / Mahito Takeuchi. Tokyo : Nihon Keizai Hyoron Sha, 2019.

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Dilley, AR 2019, Jientorumanshihonshugiron ga iwazunisumase mizunisumaseteirukoto: buriteisshu warudoron tono kanrende. in M Takeuchi (ed.), Buriteisshu warudo: teikokuchutai no shoso. Nihon Keizai Hyoron Sha, Tokyo.
Dilley AR. Jientorumanshihonshugiron ga iwazunisumase mizunisumaseteirukoto: buriteisshu warudoron tono kanrende. In Takeuchi M, editor, Buriteisshu warudo: teikokuchutai no shoso. Tokyo: Nihon Keizai Hyoron Sha. 2019
Dilley, Andrew Richard. / Jientorumanshihonshugiron ga iwazunisumase mizunisumaseteirukoto : buriteisshu warudoron tono kanrende. Buriteisshu warudo: teikokuchutai no shoso. editor / Mahito Takeuchi. Tokyo : Nihon Keizai Hyoron Sha, 2019.
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