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Imagining the Middle Class : The Political Representation of Class in Britain, c.1780-1840 - Dror Wahrman

Imagining the Middle Class

The Political Representation of Class in Britain, c.1780-1840

Hardcover Published: 28th July 1995
ISBN: 9780521471275
Number Of Pages: 444

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This book explores the origins of the influential view of modern society that places a "middle class" at its center, as it developed in Britain during the so-called "Industrial Revolution." Using a wider variety of sources and closer methods of textual analysis than previous studies of languages of class, the author develops a nuanced model for the interplay of social reality and social language. He demonstrates that a "middle class"-based language of social description did not simply reflect changes in social structure, but was rather the outcome of political circumstances in a period of radical political change.

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'For all those interested in the question whether class is best seen as a category of social and economic history or as an artefact of political discourse, Imagining the Middle Class is essential - and fascinating - reading.' Gareth Stedman Jones, King's College, Cambridge

Imagining the æmiddle classÆ: an introduction
Against the Tide: Prelude to the 1790s: was the French Revolution a æbourgeois revolutionÆ?
The uses of æmiddle classÆ language in the 1790s
Friends and foes of the æmiddle classÆ: the dialogic imagination
The political differentiation of social language: the debate on the triple assessment Postlude to the 1790s: the uses of æbourgeois revolutionÆ
The Tug of War
Taming the æmiddle classÆ
The tug of war and its resolution
With the Tide
The social construction of the middle class
The parallels across the Channel: a French aside
The debates on the Reform Bill: bowing to a new representation of the æmiddle classÆ
Inventing the ever-rising æmiddle classÆ: the aftermath of 1832
1832 and the æmiddle classÆ conquest of the æprivate sphereÆ Epilogue
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ISBN: 9780521471275
ISBN-10: 0521471273
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 444
Published: 28th July 1995
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.44 x 15.82  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.73

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