Middle-class radicalism | Article about middle-class radicalism by The Free Dictionary
middle-class radicalism forms of political radicalism, including left-wing voting, by people from non-manual backgrounds. Parkin (1968) employed the term to refer to members of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). Middle-class radicalism is of interest in much the same way as WORKING-CLASS CONSERVATISM as a form of class-deviant political action, i.e. activity contrary to prevailing or expected class norms. Two distinct locations of types of ‘middle class’ class-deviant political activity can be identified:
- the lower middle class left’, left-wing voting and action by those marginal to the middle class, e.g. routine manual workers; and
- the ‘upper middle class left’, forms of left-wing political activity particularly associated with membership of the caring professions and public sector employment (Jary, 1978). see also VOTING BEHAVIOUR.
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But he was also carving out a proper space for British middle-class radicalism
Robert Johnston is assistant professor of history at Yale University and author of a forthcoming book on middle-class radicalism
in Portland, Oregon.
See Sears, The Sex Radicals (Lawrence, 1977); John Spurlock, Free Love: Marriage and Middle-Class Radicalism
in America, 1825-1860 (New York, 1988).