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The Resource Money, morals, and manners : the culture of the French and American upper-middle class, Michèle Lamont

Money, morals, and manners : the culture of the French and American upper-middle class, Michèle Lamont

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Money, morals, and manners : the culture of the French and American upper-middle class
Title
Money, morals, and manners
Title remainder
the culture of the French and American upper-middle class
Statement of responsibility
Michèle Lamont
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Language
eng
Summary
Drawing on remarkably frank, in-depth interviews with 160 successful men in the United States and France, Michele Lamont provides a rare and revealing collective portrait of the upper-middle class - the managers, professionals, entrepreneurs, and experts at the center of power in society. Her book is a subtle, textured description of how these men define the values and attitudes they consider essential in separating themselves - and their class - from everyone else. For Lamont, the boundaries of class are not marked by economics alone. She goes beyond crude categories of status and simple measures of taste, wealth, and possessions to reveal the role of moral and cultural distinctions in setting the boundaries between the upper-middle class and those above and below. Central to her analysis - and to the identity of the men she interviewed - is the idea of a virtuous or worthy person: members of the upper-middle class constantly define themselves and others by making distinctions along this moral dimension. There are important differences, however, within the upper-middle class and between national cultures. Living in a cosmopolitan city like New York or Paris is different than living in a more provincial center like Indianapolis or Clermont-Ferrand; those working in the profit sector hold very different values than do those working for nonprofit organizations; and American men place more emphasis on financial success than do their French counterparts, who value personal integrity and cultural refinement more. Unprecedented in its comparative reach, Money, Morals, and Manners is an ambitious and sophisticated attempt to illuminate the nature of social class in modern society. For all those who downplay the importance of unequal social groups, it will be a revelation
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1957-
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Lamont, Michèle
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maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Morality and society
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  • Middle class
  • Middle class
  • Social values
  • Social values
  • Middle class
  • Middle class
  • Social values
  • Social values
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Money, morals, and manners : the culture of the French and American upper-middle class, Michèle Lamont
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Publication
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Spine title: Money, morals & manners
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Sketching the Landscape: Some Illustrative Vignettes. Cultural Sophistication as a sine qua non. Moral Tales. This-Worldly Worlds -- Ch. 1. The Questions and the Stage. Issues and Approaches. Boundaries at Work. Procedures. Interviewing Experience -- Ch. 2. The Importance of Being Honest: Keys to Moral Boundaries. "Phonies," Social Climbers, Salauds, and Other Polluting Categories. Moral Character in the Workplace. The Religious Scene. Volunteerism. Conclusion -- Ch. 3. The World of Success, Money, and Power: Keys to Socioeconomic Boundaries. A World of Inequality. The Iron Law of Money. Power, Fame, and Glory: The French Definitions of Success. Variations on the Inner Circle. Class, Race, Gender, and Ethnicity. Antisocioeconomic Boundaries. Conclusion -- Ch. 4. Most of My Friends Are Refined: Keys to Cultural Boundaries. Against the Philistines. Cultural Exclusion, Brilliance, Expertise, and Other Forms of Intelligence. Self-Actualization. The Cultured World of Exclusion: The Case of "Bad Taste" Intellectuals and Intellectual Subcultures. Exploring Cultural Laxity: The American Case. Conclusion -- Ch. 5. Explaining National Differences. National Patterns in Boundary Work. Explaining Differences. Conclusion -- Ch. 6. The Nature of Internal Class Boundaries. Social and Cultural Specialists and For-Profit Workers. Trajectories and Seniority in the Upper-Middle Class. Conclusion -- Ch. 7. Implications, Contributions, and Unanswered Questions. Class Cultures and the Reproduction of Inequality. Differentiation, Hierarchy, and the Politics of Meaning. Theoretical Reassessments. Synthesis and Agenda -- Appendix I: Surveying the French and American Upper-Middle Classes. Introduction. Comparing Social Positions. Comparing Social Groups -- Appendix II: The Research Sites. Site Selection. The Four Sites -- Appendix III: Research Procedures. Sampling Procedures. Interviewing Procedures. Data Analysis -- Appendix IV: Ranking of Respondents on the Cultural, Moral, and Socioeconomic Dimensions
Control code
25410893
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxix, 320 pages
Isbn
9780226468174
Isbn Type
(paper : alk. paper)
Lccn
92007270
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
(WaOLN)1469829
Label
Money, morals, and manners : the culture of the French and American upper-middle class, Michèle Lamont
Publication
Note
Spine title: Money, morals & manners
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Sketching the Landscape: Some Illustrative Vignettes. Cultural Sophistication as a sine qua non. Moral Tales. This-Worldly Worlds -- Ch. 1. The Questions and the Stage. Issues and Approaches. Boundaries at Work. Procedures. Interviewing Experience -- Ch. 2. The Importance of Being Honest: Keys to Moral Boundaries. "Phonies," Social Climbers, Salauds, and Other Polluting Categories. Moral Character in the Workplace. The Religious Scene. Volunteerism. Conclusion -- Ch. 3. The World of Success, Money, and Power: Keys to Socioeconomic Boundaries. A World of Inequality. The Iron Law of Money. Power, Fame, and Glory: The French Definitions of Success. Variations on the Inner Circle. Class, Race, Gender, and Ethnicity. Antisocioeconomic Boundaries. Conclusion -- Ch. 4. Most of My Friends Are Refined: Keys to Cultural Boundaries. Against the Philistines. Cultural Exclusion, Brilliance, Expertise, and Other Forms of Intelligence. Self-Actualization. The Cultured World of Exclusion: The Case of "Bad Taste" Intellectuals and Intellectual Subcultures. Exploring Cultural Laxity: The American Case. Conclusion -- Ch. 5. Explaining National Differences. National Patterns in Boundary Work. Explaining Differences. Conclusion -- Ch. 6. The Nature of Internal Class Boundaries. Social and Cultural Specialists and For-Profit Workers. Trajectories and Seniority in the Upper-Middle Class. Conclusion -- Ch. 7. Implications, Contributions, and Unanswered Questions. Class Cultures and the Reproduction of Inequality. Differentiation, Hierarchy, and the Politics of Meaning. Theoretical Reassessments. Synthesis and Agenda -- Appendix I: Surveying the French and American Upper-Middle Classes. Introduction. Comparing Social Positions. Comparing Social Groups -- Appendix II: The Research Sites. Site Selection. The Four Sites -- Appendix III: Research Procedures. Sampling Procedures. Interviewing Procedures. Data Analysis -- Appendix IV: Ranking of Respondents on the Cultural, Moral, and Socioeconomic Dimensions
Control code
25410893
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxix, 320 pages
Isbn
9780226468174
Isbn Type
(paper : alk. paper)
Lccn
92007270
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
maps
System control number
(WaOLN)1469829

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