When Did We All Become Middle Class

Author: Martin Nunlee
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131722308X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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In When Did We All Become Middle Class?, Martin Nunlee discusses how a lack of class identity gives people a false sense of their relationship to power, which has made the US population accept the myth that they live in a meritocracy. This book examines social class within the framework of psychological tendencies, everyday interactions, institutions and pervasive cultural ideas to show how Americans have shifted from general concerns of social and economic equality to fragmented interests groups. Written in a conversational style, this book is a useful tool for undergraduate courses covering social class, such as inequality, stratification, poverty, and social problems.

The Grand Delusion

Author: Stephen Haseler
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 0857733966
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Written in the public glow surrounding the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Grand Delusion is a critical history of Britain's post-war ‘establishment’ - with the Queen and her Prime Ministers at its heart. It explores the key questions: has Elizabeth II’s reign been good for the UK? Or has it represented six decades of missed opportunities, deepening inequality and failure to adapt? Stephen Haseler argues that the Queen has helped set the tone for the country, that the lavish monarchy has created a culture that has encouraged Prime Minister after Prime Minister in their delusions of grandeur, rendering them unable to adapt to the loss of empire - an ‘empire fixation’ that has led to mistakes from the invasion of Suez in 1956 to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and on into the tragedy in Afghanistan. A consequence has been the constant search, over 60 years, for ‘a global role’ as a substitute for empire - a factor which led to the creation of the over-extended finance industry in the City of London. Haseler also shows how the monarchy and establishment have validated an outdated and seemingly entrenched class-system which over the years has led to aggregations of great inherited wealth and falling social mobility and which has negatively affected Britain’s economy and its capacity to innovate. The book recounts the relationships between the Queen and her twelve Prime Ministers. Many, most notably Harold Wilson and John Major, were deferential. But others, like Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair were not - and in their different ways represented a decidedly different vision of Britain to that of the Queen. Yet the Queen survived these two Prime Ministers. Thatcher’s free market, middle class revolution had little time for traditional England, particularly its rural attachments. And Tony Blair’s modernising agenda was incipiently republican, though, following the death of Princess Diana, it could be argued that he saved the royal family. The Grand Delusion provides a political and social history of post-war Britain which is provocative, informative and entertaining, while at the same time shedding a deeply questioning light on the essence of Britain’s identity today.

Being Middle class in India

Author: Henrike Donner
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136513396
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Hailed as the beneficiary, driving force and result of globalisation, India’s middle-class is puzzling in its diversity, as a multitude of traditions, social formations and political constellations manifest contribute to this project. This book looks at Indian middle-class lifestyles through a number of case studies, ranging from a historical account detailing the making of a savvy middle-class consumer in the late colonial period, to saving clubs among women in Delhi’s upmarket colonies and the dilemmas of entrepreneurial families in Tamil Nadu’s industrial towns. The book pays tribute to the diversity of regional, caste, rural and urban origins that shape middle- class lifestyles in contemporary India and highlights common themes, such as the quest for upward mobility, common consumption practices, the importance of family values, gender relations and educational trajectories. It unpacks the notion that the Indian middle-class can be understood in terms of public performances, surveys and economic markers, and emphasises how the study of middle-class culture needs to be based on detailed studies, as everyday practices and private lives create the distinctive sub-cultures and cultural politics that characterise the Indian middle class today. With its focus on private domains middleclassness appears as a carefully orchestrated and complex way of life and presents a fascinating way to understand South Asian cultures and communities through the prism of social class.

Being Middle Class in China

Author: Ying Miao
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317284739
Format: PDF, ePub
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Many studies of the Chinese middle class focus on defining it and viewing its significance for economic development and its potential for sociopolitical modernisation. This book goes beyond such objective approaches and considers middle class people’s subjective understanding and diverse experiences of class. Based on extensive original research including social surveys and detailed interviews, the book explores who the middle class think they are, what they think about a wide range of socioeconomic and sociopolitical issues, and why they think as they do. It examines attitudes towards the welfare state, social inequality, nationalism, relations with foreign countries and opinions on many social controversies, thereby portraying middle class people as more than simply luxury consumers and potential agents of democracy. The book concludes that a clear class identity and political consciousness have yet to emerge, but that middle class attitudes are best characterised as searching for a balance between old and new, the traditional and the foreign, the principled and the pragmatic.

The Art of Being Middle Class

Author: Not Actual Size
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1780338430
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Middle-class Brits are embarrassed, awkward, and charmingly insecure in their tastes. The Art of Being Middle-Class, based on stories from cult blog The Middle Class Handbook, is here to help. What are the essential topics to cover when talking about other couples? What do you do about the awkward bag on the seat moment? How do you subtly boast about your summer holiday destination? What does your cooker hood say about you? With tips on taste and etiquette, a conspiratorial cheer here and there, and a kick up the bum when necessary, this book sets out to help our marvellous British MCs be the best they can be. Praise for The Middle Class Handbook: "Indispensable... whether you're middle class or pretending not to be." GQ magazine. "Hilarious... we laughed our organic, brushed cotton socks off." Grazia. "The Middle Class Handbook skewers the middle classes, and then dissects them with ruthless comical accuracy." Esquire.

Discussion as a Way of Teaching

Author: Stephen D. Brookfield
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118429753
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Thoroughly revised and updated, the second edition of the landmark book Discussion as a Way of Teaching shows how to plan, conduct, and assess classroom discussions. Stephen D. Brookfield and Stephen Preskill suggest exercises for starting discussions, strategies for maintaining their momentum, and ways to elicit diverse views and voices. The book also includes new exercises and material on the intersections between discussion and the encouragement of democracy in the classroom. This revised edition expands on the original and contains information on adapting discussion methods in online teaching, on using discussion to enhance democratic participation, and on the theoretical foundations for the discussion exercises described in the book. Throughout the book, Brookfield and Preskill clearly show how discussion can enliven classrooms, and they outline practical methods for ensuring that students will come to class prepared to discuss a topic. They also explain how to balance the voices of students and teachers, while still preserving the moral, political, and pedagogic integrity of discussion.

Victorian Literature

Author: Victor Shea
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118329023
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Victorian Literature is a comprehensive and fully annotated anthology with a flexible design that allows teachers and students to pursue traditional or innovative lines of inquiry – from the canon to its extensions and its contexts. Represents the period’s major writers of prose, poetry, drama, and more, including Tennyson, Arnold, the Brownings, Carlyle, Ruskin, the Rossettis, Wilde, Eliot, and the Brontës Promotes an ideologically and culturally varied view of Victorian society with the inclusion of women, working-class, colonial, and gay and lesbian writers Incorporates recent scholarship with 5 contextual sections and innovative sub-sections on topics like environmentalism and animal rights; mass literacy and mass media; sex and sexuality; melodrama and comedy; the Irish question; ruling India and the Indian Mutiny and innovations in print culture Emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the field with a focus on social, cultural, artistic, and historical factors Includes a fully annotated companion website for teachers and students offering expanded context sections, additional readings from key writers, appendices, and an extensive bibliography

Where Did My Money Go

Author: Bob Hopkins
Publisher: WestBow Press
ISBN: 1449740324
Format: PDF
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Have you ever wondered why you, like most Americans, are broke at the end of every month? Are you a slave to the monthly payment? Do you believe that things in your life would be better if you only got that well-deserved raise? Are you stuck in debt and believe there is no way out and no other way to obtain lifes needs? Did you know one-third of your lifes earnings will go to your house payment as another third goes to pay taxes? Would you like a better way to look at personal finances that will set you free from the shackles of the modern system of debt? Then this could be the very thing you need, as the answers to these questions will be easily explained within. The key to wealth is to be debt free, as commanded by God. Where Did My Money Go? can lead you in that direction by teaching you how to become debt free and recognize the predators knocking on your door in a culture dripping with materialism. Take a journey into a new life free from the banks, finance companies, mortgage companies, college loan companies, and all the other wolves at your door who simply want to take your hard-earned dollar.

Roughing it in the Suburbs

Author: Valerie J. Korinek
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802080417
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Korinek shows that rather than promoting domestic perfection, Chatelaine did not cling to the stereotypes of the era, but instead forged ahead, providing women with a variety of images, ideas, and critiques of women?s role in society.