Class: A Guide Through the American Status System

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Simon and Schuster, 1992 - Social Science - 202 pages
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The bestselling, comprehensive, and carefully researched guide to the ins-and-outs of the American class system with a detailed look at the defining factors of each group, from customs to fashion to housing.

Based on careful research and told with grace and wit, Paul Fessell shows how everything people within American society do, say, and own reflects their social status. Detailing the lifestyles of each class, from the way they dress and where they live to their education and hobbies, Class is sure to entertain, enlighten, and occasionally enrage readers as they identify their own place in society and see how the other half lives.
  

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I can't believe I haven't reviewed Class yet. I quote this book all the time. It's an amazing study of nine different levels of class in America, beginning with how Americans deny we have any class ... Read full review

Contents

A Touchy Subject
15
An Anatomy of the Classes
24
in Appearance Counts
51
About the House
76
The Life of the Mind
128
vn Speak That I May See Thee
151
vin Climbing and Sinking and Prole Drift
170
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About the author (1992)

Paul Fussell, critic, essayist, and cultural commentator, has recently won the H. L. Mencken Award of the Free Press Association. Among his books are The Great War and Modem Memory, which in 1976 won both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award; Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars; Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War; and, most recently, BAD or, The Dumbing of America. His essays have been collected in The Boy Scout Handbook and Other Observations and Thank God for the Atom Bomb and Other Essays. He lives in Philadelphia, where he teaches English at the University of Pennsylvania.

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