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Dr Rosita Armytage, PhD (ANU)

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Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Anthropology

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Rosita Armytage is an anthropologist specialising on elites, social class, capitalism, and global development, with a particular focus on Pakistan. She was awarded a PhD in anthropology from the Australian National University in 2017. Drawing on 14 months of fieldwork in Pakistan, her research examines the lives of the Pakistani business and political elite – the economic 1% – and the ways in which they have acquired and retained power and privilege. Her first book, titled Big Capital in a Volatile World: the Micropolitics of Wealth Accumulation in Pakistan, is due out with Berghahn Books in 2019. 

Research Groups

Department of Anthropology

Research Interests

  • Class
  • Economic Anthropology
  • Inequality
  • Pakistan
  • Patronage
  • Politics
  • Social Mobility
  • South Asia


Chapter in book

  • Bell, M. & Armytage, R. (2018). What Ethnography Reveals about The Class Dimensions of North Korean Migration: Conducting Ethnography in the Borderlands. In Decoding the Sino-North Korean Borderlands. Cathcart, A., Green, C. & Denney, S. Amsterdam University Press.

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