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The Conundrum of Class: Public Discourse on the Social Order in America (Hardback)
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The Conundrum of Class: Public Discourse on the Social Order in America (Hardback)

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Hardback 328 Pages / Published: 16/04/1996
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Martin Burke traces the complicated history of the idea of class in America from the forming of a new nation to the heart of the Gilded Age. Surveying American political, social and intellectual life from the late-17th to the end of the 19th century, Burke examines the contested discourse about equality - the way Americans thought and wrote about class, class relations and their meaning in society. Burke explores a range of thought to establish the boundaries of class and the language used to describe it in the works of leading political figures, social reformers and moral philosophers. He traces a shift from class as a legal category of ranks and orders to socio-economic divisions based on occupations and income. Throughout the century, he finds no permanent consensus about the meaning of class in America and instead describes a culture of conflicting ideas and opinions.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226080802
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 610 g
Dimensions: 278 x 150 x 23 mm
Edition: New edition

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