Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich

Edited by Iain Hay, Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor, Flinders University, Australia and Jonathan V. Beaverstock, University of Bristol, UK

Fewer than 100 people own and control more wealth than 50 per cent of the world’s population. The Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich is a unique examination of both the lives and lifestyles of the super-rich, as well as the processes that underpin super-wealth generation and its unequal distribution. Drawing on a multiplicity of international examples, leading experts from across the social sciences offer a landmark multidisciplinary contribution to emerging analyses of the global super-rich and their astonishing wealth. The book’s 22 accessible and coherently organised chapters cover a range of captivating topics from biographies of illicit super-wealth, to tax footprint reduction, to the environmental consequences of super-rich lives and their conspicuous consumption.

‘The Handbook is a pioneering social science intervention. It assembles the largely social-theoretic perspectives of thirty researchers from fields as wide as air transport, international management, town and regional planning, economic, historical and human geography, housing and urban studies, international politics, environmental studies, social theory and political economy, sociology, public policy, and consumer behaviours. It aims to conceptualise and examine empirically the multiple activities that distinguish the particular ways that the super-rich re-shape capitalist relation. In doing so, the volume complements the growing body of more popular works by academics that take aim at the excesses of capitalism, and the unearned incomes enjoyed by its greatest beneficiaries.’
– Richard Le Heron, University of Auckland, New Zealand

‘Very highly recommended for both community and academic library reference collections, Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich will also prove to be of great interest to public commentators, charitable organizations, governmental policy makers, NGO activists, and the non-specialist general reader concerned with wealth and income distributions.’
– The Midwest Book Review

‘All you ever wanted to know about the super-rich but were too embarrassed to ask – because we are not really supposed to talk that much about money, especially not about people with huge amounts of money, people who are so very far above us. Thankfully nearly three dozen scholars have decided to break the usual taboos and reveal all about our wealthiest of fellow human beings. Just what have they done for us, how did they get so rich, what is their individual carbon footprint and so much more. The new gilded age is coming to an end. It begins to end as we study those who live in the most gilded of cages, no longer in admiration but with great inquisitiveness, and accuracy.’
– Danny Dorling, University of Oxford, UK

‘The handbook is a pioneering social science intervention. It assembles the largely social-theoretic perspectives of thirty researchers from fields as wide as air transport, international management, town and regional planning, economic, historical and human geography, housing and urban studies, international politics, environmental studies, social theory and political economy, sociology, public policy, and consumer behaviours. It aims to conceptualise and examine empirically the multiple activities that distinguish the particular ways that the super-rich re-shape capitalist relation. In doing so, the volume complements the growing body of more popular works by academics that take aim at the excesses of capitalism, and the unearned incomes enjoyed by its greatest beneficiaries.’
– New Zealand Geographer

2017 496 pp Paperback 978 1 78347 405 9 £55.20 £42.00 $55.20 $69.00
2016 496 pp Hardback 978 1 78347 403 5 £216.00 £163.00 $216.00 $240.00

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