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The Resource The sum of small things : a theory of the aspirational class, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

The sum of small things : a theory of the aspirational class, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

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The sum of small things : a theory of the aspirational class
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The sum of small things
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a theory of the aspirational class
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Elizabeth Currid-Halkett
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eng
Summary
"In today's world, the leisure class has been replaced by a new elite. Highly educated and defined by cultural capital rather than income bracket, these individuals earnestly buy organic, carry NPR tote bags, and breast-feed their babies. They care about discreet, inconspicuous consumption--like eating free-range chicken and heirloom tomatoes, wearing organic cotton shirts and TOMS shoes, and listening to the Serial podcast. They use their purchasing power to hire nannies and housekeepers, to cultivate their children's growth, and to practice yoga and Pilates. In The Sum of Small Things, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett dubs this segment of society "the aspirational class" and discusses how, through deft decisions about education, health, parenting, and retirement, the aspirational class reproduces wealth and upward mobility, deepening the ever-wider class divide. Exploring the rise of the aspirational class, Currid-Halkett considers how much has changed since the 1899 publication of Thorstein Veblen's Theory of the Leisure Class. In that inflammatory classic, which coined the phrase "conspicuous consumption," Veblen described upper-class frivolities: men who used walking sticks for show, and women who bought silver flatware despite the effectiveness of cheaper aluminum utensils. Now, Currid-Halkett argues, the power of material goods as symbols of social position has diminished due to their accessibility. As a result, the aspirational class has altered its consumer habits away from overt materialism to more subtle expenditures that reveal status and knowledge. And these transformations influence how we all make choices. With a rich narrative and extensive interviews and research, The Sum of Small Things illustrates how cultural capital leads to lifestyle shifts and what this forecasts, not just for the aspirational class but for everyone."--
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Exploring the rise of the Aspirational Class, a new elite that reproduces wealth and upward mobility, deepening the ever-wider class divide, a thought-provoking volume, drawing on extensive interviews and research, illustrates how cultural capital leads to lifestyle shifts and what this forecasts for everyone
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10563725
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1978-
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Currid-Halkett, Elizabeth
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306.4/81201
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illustrations
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Leisure class
  • Social classes
  • Lifestyles
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Leisure class
  • Lifestyles
  • Social classes
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adult
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a theory of the aspirational class
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The sum of small things : a theory of the aspirational class, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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rdacontent
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1817383
Dimensions
25 cm
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x, 254 pages
Isbn
9780691162737
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2016040562
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • (Sirsi) i9780691162737
  • (OCoLC)974612448
Label
The sum of small things : a theory of the aspirational class, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1817383
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 254 pages
Isbn
9780691162737
Lccn
2016040562
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780691162737
  • (OCoLC)974612448

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