The New Middle Classes: Social, Psychological, and Political Issues

The New Middle Classes: Social, Psychological, and Political Issues

by Arthur J. Vidich
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814787770

ISBN-13: 9780814787779

Pub. Date: 12/01/1994

Publisher: New York University Press

In America's much-touted classless society, the middle class—decried by some as a mythical construct and heralded by others as the embodiment of the American dream—has always occupied a central and controversial position. This book explores the origins of the new middle classes that emerged in the 20th century, revealing the relationship of these classes

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Overview

In America's much-touted classless society, the middle class—decried by some as a mythical construct and heralded by others as the embodiment of the American dream—has always occupied a central and controversial position. This book explores the origins of the new middle classes that emerged in the 20th century, revealing the relationship of these classes to capitalism, bureaucracy, and politics. The book is divided into four parts, addressing: the theoretical problems and historical changes brought on by the emergence of the new middle classes; status and the psychology of class; the middle class in America; and the lifestyles and political orientations of the middle classes in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814787779
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
12/01/1994
Series:
Main Trends of the Modern World Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Series Preface
Introduction1
1The Discovery of the New Middle Classes15
2The New Middle Class55
3Middle-Class Notions and Lower-Class Theory87
4The Growth of the New Middle Class103
5The Status Sphere133
6The Foundations of Social Rank and Respect144
7Bureaucracy and Masked Class Membership151
8Economic Class, Status and Personality161
9The New Middle Class, I189
10The New Middle Class, II203
11The Transformation of the Black Middle Class215
12Changes in the Life-Styles of American Classes238
13The New Class System and its Life-Styles261
14Liberalism and the New Middle Classes281
15The New Conservatism: Political Ideology and Class Structure in America300
16The Politics of the Middle Class in a National Crisis: The Case of Watergate335
17Class and Politics in an Epoch of Declining Abundance364
Acknowledgements387
Notes on the Contributors389
Index391

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