Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - Social Science - 288 pages
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Do you believe that spending $15,000 on a media center is vulgar, but that spending $15,000 on a slate shower stall is a sign that you are at one with the Zenlike rhythms of nature? Do you work for one of those visionary software companies where people come to work wearing hiking boots and glacier glasses, as if a wall of ice were about to come sliding through the parking lot? If so, you might be a Bobo.
In his bestselling work of "comic sociology," David Brooks coins a new word, Bobo, to describe today's upper class -- those who have wed the bourgeois world of capitalist enterprise to the hippie values of the bohemian counterculture. Their hybrid lifestyle is the atmosphere we breathe, and in this witty and serious look at the cultural consequences of the information age, Brooks has defined a new generation.
  

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This book is oddly ahead of its time: it sensed the slacktivism and idealistic consumerism that now dominates American culture--TOMS, Newman's Own, etc. Eye-opening, to say the least. Read full review

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User Review  - Alicia Duff - Goodreads

The word bobo, Brooks' most famously coined term, is an abbreviated form of the words bourgeois and bohemian, suggesting a fusion of two distinct social classes (the counter-cultural, hedonistic and ... Read full review

Contents

The Rise of the Educated Class
12
Consumption
53
Business Life
102
Intellectual Life
139
Pleasure
188
Spiritual Life
217
Politics and Beyond
254
Acknowledgments
273
Index
276
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About the author (2010)

David Brooks writes a biweekly Op-Ed column for The New York Times and appears regularly on PBS's The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and NPR's All Things Considered. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

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