The emergence of the middle class : social experience in the American city, 1760-1900

Stuart M. Blumin

Of all the terms that Americans define themselves as members of society, few are as elusive as 'middle class'. This book traces the emergence of a recognizable and self-aware 'middle class' between the era of the American Revolution and the end of the nineteenth century. The author focuses on the development of the middle class in larger American cities, particularly Philadelphia and New York. He examines the middle class in all its complexity, and in its day-to-day existence - at work, in the home, and in the shops, markets, theaters, and other institutions of the big city. The book places the distinct language of class - in particular the term 'middle class' - in the context of the concrete, interwoven experiences of specific anonymous Americans who were neither manual workers nor members of urban upper classes.

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  • List of tables and figures
  • Preface
  • 1. The elusive middle class
  • 2. 'Middling sorts' in the eighteenth-century city
  • 3. Toward white collar: nonmanual work in Jacksonian America
  • 4. Republican prejudice: work, well-being, and social definition
  • 5. 'Things are in the saddle': consumption, urban space, and the middle-class home
  • 6. Coming to order: voluntary associations and the organization of social life and consciousness
  • 7. Experience and consciousness in the antebellum city
  • 8. White-collar worlds: the postbellum middle class
  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index.

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書名 The emergence of the middle class : social experience in the American city, 1760-1900
著作者等 Blumin, Stuart M.
Fogel Robert
Thernstrom Stephan
Blumin Stuart Mack
シリーズ名 Interdisciplinary perspectives on modern history
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1989
ページ数 xiii, 434 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0521376122
NCID BA07604113
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス