Anthropology and Politics

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The Global Middle Classes: Theorizing through Ethnography

Edited by Rachel Heiman
Edited by Carla Freeman
Edited by Mark Liechty

Surging middle-class aspirations and anxieties throughout the world have recently compelled anthropologists to pay serious attention to middle classes and middle-class spaces, sentiments, lifestyles, labors, and civic engagements. Middle classness has become a powerful category for self-identification, as political and corporate leaders increasingly hail “the middle classes” as the ideal subject-citizenry. Ethnographically rich and culturally particular, the essays in this volume elucidate middle-class experience and discourse and in so doing add critical nuance to theories of class itself.

Published By School for Advanced Research Press

6 x 9 in. 368 pages 16 figs.