petty bourgeoisie

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Related to petty bourgeoisie: lumpenproletariat, petite bourgeoisie
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Noun1.petty bourgeoisie - lower middle class (shopkeepers and clerical staff etc.)
bourgeoisie, middle class - the social class between the lower and upper classes
petit bourgeois - a member of the lower middle class
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At this stage, therefore, the proletarians do not fight their enemies, but the enemies of their enemies, the remnants of absolute monarchy, the landowners, the non-industrial bourgeois, the petty bourgeoisie. Thus the whole historical movement is concentrated in the hands of the bourgeoisie; every victory so obtained is a victory for the bourgeoisie.
He looks at fascism in relation to the class struggle, the dominant class, the working class, the petty bourgeoisie, the countryside, and the state.
First, the precise nature of dock worker entrepreneurialism which Callebert characterizes through a variety of terms ("petty capitalist," "informal sector," and "microenterprise") might have been better understood if analysed in relation to the rise of an African "entrepreneurial petty bourgeoisie" (158) in Durban in the 1940s and 1950s but whose history is unevenly charted in the secondary literature upon which Callebert relies.
It is certainly not aimed against the petty bourgeoisie hanging out late at night in either Starbucks or Bo's.
His populism attracted all kinds of people as he attacked capitalists, the petty bourgeoisie and bureaucracy.
Like so many literate musicians who ca red to commit their thoughts and feelings about music and musical society to paper, Tomaschek's origins lie in the petty bourgeoisie, coming from a family with enough money to be concerned with education, but not enough to have pretentions to social position this regard, for example, he could be compared to giacomo Goofredo Ferrari, both offspring of fathers with some success in manufacturing.
At the same time, many working class Canadians and sections of the petty bourgeoisie are increasingly turning towards nationalism, racism and militarism in response to global dislocations.
Besides the title piece - it originally was called "The Seven Deadly Sins of the Petty Bourgeoisie" - Large also will turn her talents to Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring" as well as songs by Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and others.
In chapter 4, we find Scott joining with Deirdre McCloskey and Jane Jacobs in raising up "Two Cheers for the Petty Bourgeoisie." Scott dignifies the petite bourgeoisie because they "represent a precious zone of autonomy and freedom...
(33) Their latest study reports that "white girls are no more nor less frequently or seriously delinquent than black girls; and white boys, no more nor less frequently delinquent than black boys; but white boys are less seriously delinquent than black boys." (See Table 3.) Moreover, when delinquency is correlated with socioeconomic status, it is found that "higher status" boys (i.e., the sons of the petty bourgeoisie for the most part) are more likely than working-class boys to commit thefts, steal cars, and commit assaults.
That's what happens with his praise of the petty bourgeoisie (with arguments sometimes closer to free-market libertarianism than to any form of libertarian socialism) or with his thoughts on charisma as something built through a kind of consensus process.
But ironically, many Black Studies advocates were themselves radical petty bourgeoisie, which, as they became successful in their struggles and their careers, eventually exposed the contradiction between their own class interests and those of working-class blacks whose struggle they espoused.