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I. Sociology – II. Comparative Study of Religions – III. Ethics

I. Sociology

“Elite” – from Lat. eligere “to elect” – designates a select group of persons who stand out from the crowd by virtue of distinctive features such as consanguinity, age (Old age), power, wealth, knowledge, technical, organizational or artistic skills (Competence), education (Education/Formation) and the like. While an elite may combine all such features within itself (“ruling elite”), single…

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Münch, Richard, Jödicke, Ansgar and Herms, Eilert, “Elite”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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