Xenda'ths: Class and Social Strata

 

Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There

Have you ever wondered what happened to the Hippies? How about why our society seems more tolerant than ever & yet still so restrictive? How about the manner in which nothing is truly transgressive anymore? This book will answer all this and more. The Bohemians of the 1960s, the Hippy, displaced the Bourgeois and took their place.

Profiles two formerly mutually exclusive groups of people -- the business-driven bourgeois and the intellectually driven artistic bohemians -- noting how in the last decade they have merged to create a single social ethos.

 

Class: A Guide through the American Status System

While some of the topical indicators discussed may seem dated, the key to understanding social class indicators in the United States is given in this book. Highly recommended as an introduction to understanding Social Class, and for introducing the concept of Prole Drift

In Class Paul Fussell explodes the sacred American myth of social equality with eagle-eyed irreverence and iconoclastic wit. This bestselling, superbly researched, exquisitely observed guide to the signs, symbols, and customs of the American class system is always outrageously on the mark as Fussell shows us how our status is revealed by everything we do, say, and own. He describes the houses, objects, artifacts, speech, clothing styles, and intellectual proclivities of American classes from the top to the bottom and everybody -- you'll surely recognize yourself -- in between. Class is guaranteed to amuse and infuriate, whether your class is so high it's out of sight (literally) or you are, alas, a sinking victim of prole drift.

 

Nation of Rebels: Why Counter Culture Became Consumer Culture

Yet another insightful and illuminitive tome. This work ties in with Bobos listed above. In it we learn of the transition from Class Aesthetics to a mercantile Cool Aesthetics. Think your dress, make-up, style, music or any other commodity is intrinsicly transgressive? Do you feel that if only enough people dropped acid and listened to Led Zepplin (or even NeoFolk), enough people would wake up and the world would move on to a new phase of utopian harmony? This book exposes the myth of the counter-culture and how it is nothing more than the Loyal Opposition

As the counterculture hippies evolved into yuppies and traded their Volkswagen Beetles in for gas-guzzling SUVs, they were not selling out; they were merely following the natural path laid out for them by the core assumptions of the counterculture. So argue Heath (philosophy, U. of Toronto, Canada) and Potter (philosophy, Trent U., Canada) in this work of cultural criticism that attacks the theory of society they believe underlie countercultural ideas. Ideas about the psychological oppression of the individual by organized society articulated by figures like Herbert Marcuse, the "society of the spectacle" decried by the French situationists, and others identified by the authors as part of the counterculture milieu are criticized and blamed for devolving into empty protest that ironically may serve to undermine efforts toward greater justice for exploited groups.

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