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

Author: Michèle Lamont
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2008, cop. 1992.
Series: Morality and society
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michèle Lamont
ISBN: 0226468151 9780226468150 0226468178 9780226468174
OCLC Number: 780822613
Notes: Ov. nasl.: Money, morals, & manners.
Description: XXIX, 320 str. : tabele, zvd. ; 24 cm.
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.
Series Title: Morality and society
Other Titles: Money, morals, & manners
Responsibility: Michèle Lamont.
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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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