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  • Bourgeoisie, State and Democracyby Graeme Gill

    OUP Oxford 2008; US$ 134.99

    This book is a comparative study of the emergence, political influence and political role of businessmen in political life. more...

  • The Rise of Middle-Class Culture in Nineteenth-Century Spainby Jesus Cruz

    LSU Press 2011; US$ 24.95

    In his stimulating study, Jesus Cruz examines middle-class lifestyles -- generally known as bourgeois culture -- in nineteenth-century Spain. Cruz argues that the middle class ultimately contributed to Spain's democratic stability and economic prosperity in the last decades of the twentieth century. Interdisciplinary in scope, Cruz's work draws upon... more...

  • The Role of Ruling Class Adaptability in the British Transition from Ancien Regime to Modern Stateby Ellis Wasson

    The Edwin Mellen Press 2010; US$ 169.95

    This work examines how the landed elite openly absorbed a regular flow of new members to the ruling class. It examines the transition of Britain from aristocratic rule to democracy through a study of the Whig Party. more...

  • Disabling Professionsby Ivan Illich

    Marion Boyars 1977; US$ 14.99

    In this fascinating and controversial collection of essays Ivan Illich, Irving K Zola, John McKnight, Jonathan Caplan and Harley Shaiken challenge the power and mystery of professions. Why do we put so much resource into medicine, education and the law with so little apparent result? Why do we hold the professions in awe and allow them to set up what... more...

  • The Structure of Indian Societyby A. M. Shah

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 52.95

    This book has a collection of ten articles written during 1982–2007 and an exhaustive introduction on the structural features of Indian society, that is, the enduring social groups, institutions and processes, such as caste, tribe, sect, rural-urban relations, etc. The book views Indian society in contemporary as well as historical perspective, based... more...

  • Middle Class Chinaby Minglu Chen; David S. G. Goodman

    Edward Elgar Publishing 2013; US$ 40.00

    A general expectation has developed that China's middle class will generate not only social but also political change. This expectation often overlooks the reality that there is no single Chinese middle class with a common identity or will to action. This timely volume examines the behaviour and identity of the different elements of China's... more...

  • The American Middle Classby Lawrence R Samuel

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 34.95

    The middle class is often viewed as the heart of American society, the key to the country’s democracy and prosperity. Most Americans believe they belong to this group, and few politicians can hope to be elected without promising to serve the middle class. Yet today the American middle class is increasingly seen as under threat. In The American Middle... more...

  • Falling Behindby Robert Frank

    University of California Press 2013; US$ 29.95

    With a timely new foreword by Robert Frank, this groundbreaking book explores the very meaning of happiness and prosperity in America today. Although middle-income families don't earn much more than they did several decades ago, they are buying bigger cars, houses, and appliances. To pay for them, they spend more than they earn and carry record levels... more...

  • The Emerging Middle Class in Africaby Mthuli Ncube; Charles Leyeka Lufumpa

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 52.95

    The emergence of the African middle class as a driver of Africa’s economic growth stands out as an important milestone in Africa’s contemporary economic history. This growth, though uneven, is a source of hope for Africa, but also a signal to the rest of the world on the prospects for economic recovery and renewal, particularly because it has been... more...

  • Middle Class Familiesby Colin Bell

    Taylor and Francis 2006; US$ 48.95

    As increased access to employment and educational opportunities brought dramatic changes to women's lives, sociologists began to look at the effect of women's changing roles on their children and families. Based on empirical investigations and personal experience, the studies included in The Sociology of Gender and the Family set of the International... more...