Money, Morals, and Manners: The Culture of the French and the American Upper-Middle Class

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University of Chicago Press, 1992 - Social Science - 320 pages
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Drawing on remarkably frank, in-depth interviews with 160 successful men in the United States and France, Michèle Lamont provides a rare and revealing collective portrait of the upper-middle class—the managers, professionals, entrepreneurs, and experts at the center of power in society. Her book is a subtle, textured description of how these men define the values and attitudes they consider essential in separating themselves—and their class—from everyone else.

Money, Morals, and Manners is an ambitious and sophisticated attempt to illuminate the nature of social class in modern society. For all those who downplay the importance of unequal social groups, it will be a revelation.

"A powerful, cogent study that will provide an elevated basis for debates in the sociology of culture for years to come."—David Gartman, American Journal of Sociology

"A major accomplishment! Combining cultural analysis and comparative approach with a splendid literary style, this book significantly broadens the understanding of stratification and inequality. . . . This book will provoke debate, inspire research, and serve as a model for many years to come."—R. Granfield, Choice

"This is an exceptionally fine piece of work, a splendid example of the sociologist's craft."—Lewis Coser, Boston College

  

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Contents

THE QUESTIONS AND THE STAGE
1
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING HONEST KEYS TO MORAL BOUNDARIES
24
THE WORLD OF SUCCESS MONEY AND POWER KEYS TO SOCIOECONOMIC BOUNDARIES
62
MOST OF MY FRIENDS ARE REFINED KEYS TO CULTURAL BOUNDARIES
88
EXPLAINING NATIONAL DIFFERENCES
129
THE NATURE OF INTERNAL CLASS BOUNDARIES
150
IMPLICATIONS CONTRIBUTIONS AND UNANSWERED QUESTIONS
174
SURVEYING THE FRENCH AND AMERICAN UPPERMIDDLE CLASSES
193
THE RESEARCH SITES
205
RESEARCH PROCEDURES
217
RANKING OF RESPONDENTS ON THE CULTURAL MORAL AND SOCIOECONOMIC DIMENSIONS
225
Notes
233
Bibliography
287
Index
311
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About the author (1992)

Michèle Lamont is the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and professor of sociology and African and Africa American Studies at Harvard University.

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