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French Bourgeois Culture - Beatrix Le Wita

French Bourgeois Culture

By: Beatrix Le Wita, J.A. Underwood (Translator)

Paperback Published: 15th August 1994
ISBN: 9780521466264
Number Of Pages: 180

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The French gave us the term bourgeois, and then argued endlessly about what it meant. "Of or pertaining to the French middle classes," according to the Oxford English Dictionary. But it is not a simple matter of social class. To be bourgeois one must master a system of words, gestures and objects that define a way of life, a particular culture. It requires the exercise of self-control, and the ritualization of daily routines. This witty, observant ethnography decodes the culture that dominates France.

"...Le Wita...makes use of personal diaries, concise interviews, statistics, and linguistic materials --the full panoply of source materials, enriched by well-chosen photographs. Le Wita's attempts at definition are sophisticated and instructive..." B. Kilborne, Choice

List of illustrationsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The investigationp. 8
Definition by defamationp. 23
The making of Laurep. 62
The parable of the talentsp. 98
The three generationsp. 118
Conclusionp. 141
Appendixp. 143
Referencesp. 162
Indexp. 165
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ISBN: 9780521466264
ISBN-10: 0521466261
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 15th August 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27