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Leshukova Polina Igorevna, Postgraduate student, junior researcher, department of sociology of authority and civil society, Sociological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (25/14 7-ya Krasnoarmeiskaya street, Saint-Petersburg, Russia),

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Background. Elite clubs are a multifaceted subject. Such clubs are studied in vari¬ous social sciences and humanities. The article focuses on the interdisciplinary differences in researching the phenomenon of elite clubs in foreign and domestic sciences. The purpose of this article is to expose theoretical foundations of studies of elite clubs.
Materials and methods. The research tasks were implemented through the analysis of works by foreign and domestic elite club researchers.
Results. Two approaches are distinguished: political-sociological and economi-cal-sociological ones. As an illustration, the article demonstrates different interpreta-tions of the phenomenon of elite clubs, varying in dependence on researchers’ theo-retical and methodological grounds.
Conclusions. The majority of elite clubs studies were carried out by foreign re-searchers. The works describe not only different time intervals of clubs’ existence, but also discuss various elite clubs’ functions. One can observe a diversity of ap-proaches to studying this phenomenon.

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elite, elite clubs, social clubs, social structure, elite consolidation, communication.

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