Tag Archives: Middle class

Unpaid Labor and the Neoliberal Myth of Meritocracy

Several months ago, a British columnist James Bloodworth published his first book The Myth of Meritocracy: Why Working-Class Kids Still Get Working Class Jobs. The main thesis of the book is precisely reflected in its title: it discusses the neoliberal false … Continue reading

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The middle class and the politics of the rearguard

White Collar: The American Middle Classes is a pioneering and major study of the American middle class by a prominent sociologist C. Wright Mills, first published in 1951. In this research Mills analyzes the forming of a new class of the white-collar workers … Continue reading

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Globalised Minds, Roots in the City: Urban Upper-middle Classes in Europe

Globalised Minds, Roots in the City: Urban Upper-middle Classes in Europe explores the role of urban upper middle classes in the transformations experienced by contemporary European post-national societies. Its findings may surprise and intrigue. Basing on approaches from classic urban sociology, … Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky on neoliberal semantics: “working class” vs. “middle class”

Noam Chomsky: We don’t use the term “working class” here [ in the U.S] because it’s a taboo term. You’re supposed to say “middle class,” because it helps diminish the understanding that there’s a class war going on. Read this comprehensive interview … Continue reading

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Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries

This  book pays special attention to the middle class, a segment often not addressed in inequality literature. (Free access to the foreword, introduction and appendices) Written by leading scholars in the field of economic inequality, all 17 chapters in this volume … Continue reading

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Unprotected Labor: Household Workers, Politics and Middle-Class Reform in New York, 1870-1940

Unprotected Labor: Household Workers, Politics, and Middle-Class Reform in New York, 1870-1940 is a rhorough analysis of women’s reform, domestic worker activism, and cultural values attached to public and private space. In tnis in interesting book Vanessa May (Seton Hall University) explains how … Continue reading

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