new petty bourgeoisie
new petty bourgeoisiecategories of supervisory and mental workers (e.g. many office workers) who, according to neo-Marxist theorists such as Poulantazas (1975), should be placed outside the working class (even though they sometimes produce SURPLUS VALUE) but also should not be seen as part of the traditional BOURGEOISIE (since they do not own or control the means of production). In Poulantazas’ view such workers are usually hostile to the working class and, like, the traditional petty bourgeoisie, remain caught between labour and capital. See also INTERMEDIATE CLASSES, CONTRADICTORY CLASS LOCATIONS.
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