Money, Morals, and Manners

Money, Morals, and Manners

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Drawing on remarkably frank, in-depth interviews with 160 successful men in the United States and France, MichAule Lamont provides a rare and revealing collective portrait of the upper-middle classa€”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 themselvesa€”and their classa€”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. qA powerful, cogent study that will provide an elevated basis for debates in the sociology of culture for years to€”David Gartman, American Journal of Sociology qA 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€”R. Granfield, Choice qThis is an exceptionally fine piece of work, a splendid example of the sociologist's€”Lewis Coser, Boston CollegeFrance, esp. chap 5 She writes: aquot;The cultivation of clarity and the exaltation of reason define the basic intellectuality of French literary culture. ... The esprit de geometrie, a sense of order, system and logic [are all crucial]aquot; (99) 10 Eloquence is essential for gaining admission to ... reveals how widespread this cult is in France They do not compare with American spelling bees because these dictations are aanbsp;...

Title:Money, Morals, and Manners
Author:Michèle Lamont
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 1992-01


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