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 (ĕm-bo͝or′zhwäz-mənt, äN-bûrzh-wäz-mäN′)
Conversion to bourgeois values, loyalties, or tastes.

[French, from bourgeois, bourgeois; see bourgeois.]


(French ɑ̃burʒwazmɑ̃)
(Sociology) the process of becoming middle-class; the assimilation into the middle class of traditionally working-class people
[from French, from en-1 + bourgeois1]


(ɑ̃ˌbʊər ʒwɑzˈmɑ̃, ˌɛm bʊərˈʒwɑz mənt)
the adoption of middle-class values.
[1935–40; < French equiv. to s'embourgeois(er) to become bourgeois]
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Mots cles: gentrification, embourgeoisement des quartiers, megaprojets, quartiers urbains, deplacement indirect, Saint-Henri, Montreal, Canada
This process of embourgeoisement is a common explanation for declining class consciousness, which is influenced by postindustrial economic change (Goldthorpe and Lockwood, 1963).
Ray was late, for sure, but literally so, twice over, within his own class, in that he stood at the edge of the bhadralok history of embourgeoisement where he could at best describe his own milieu well from the hindsight of the last man standing (for which he utilized techniques of defamiliarization contained very much within the realist-modernist pale including erstwhile avant-garde techniques that had become commonsensical by the time he started his career).
Their studies dispute the widely accepted theory from the period that relatively affluent workers were experiencing embourgeoisement.
The extremely rapid embourgeoisement of African National Congress (ANC) cadres, with some individuals of modest means becoming instant millionaires through the Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) scheme, is a worrisome development.
In a particularly insightful essay ("Guides for Wagnerites; Leitmotifs and Wagnerian Listening"), Christian Thorau examines the history of thematic guides to Wagner's operas and argues that "leitmotivic reception" of these works was a "central symptom of the embourgeoisement of Wagner's music" (pp.
This endeavor was, for many artists, emblematic of their revulsion for art's embourgeoisement.
In concert with these attitudes, and in line with Cooper and Stoler's ideas on the embourgeoisement of imperialism, the great Victorian "sanitary idea" of public health, disease, and cities had by the mid-nineteenth century moved from Britain to the colonial cities of its empire, and the Colonial Legislature and the city sought to follow suit.
In the nineteenth century the bourgeoisie, to a great degree, determined the nature and course of a very public Protestantism; one might say that Protestantism underwent a process of embourgeoisement.
Western world from spiritual death by embourgeoisement, anti-bourgeois
Not only were tinkers linked with an authentic rural Ireland, but folklorists from Douglas Hyde to Lady Gregory were "mesmerized" (44) by tinkers as an alternative to the modernist enterprise of embourgeoisement afoot in rural Ireland.
While makeover shows like What Not to Wear provide technical and practical instruction to middle and working class women already in the workplace, The Hills works less directly, more as an orienting device for young women, presenting both the fashion world and work in the creative industries in fantasy form, thus signaling a distinctly post-Fordist, post-feminist form of embourgeoisement.