Chapter 14: Performing wealth and status: observing super-yachts and the super-rich in Monaco
Contemporary and emerging studies of the super-rich within geography, and across the social sciences, continue to develop significant research agendas in terms of wealth creation, economic and social polarization, and hypermobility (see Elliot and Urry, 2010, p. 65; Birtchnell and Caletr'o, 2013; Hay, 2013; as well as Koh, Wissink and Forrest, Chapter 2 in this volume). However, the burgeoning work in the field of super-rich geographies generally overlooks leisure and lifestyle as noteworthy areas of critique (McManus, 2013, p. 155). The ability to analyse and measure wealth status of the super-rich has advanced in recent years with readily available and comprehensive quantitative analyses of the super-rich such as The Times Rich List, Forbes Rich List and the Bloomberg Billionaire Index (Bloomberg, 2014). In addition, the inequality and social injustice associated with the super-rich is well documented by the media and a growing number of scholarly and popular publications, such as Danny Dorling’s (2014) Inequality and the 1%, Thomas Piketty’s (2014) Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Shaxson’s (2011) Treasure Islands and Armstrong’s (2010) The Super-Rich Shall Inherit the Earth.
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