petit bourgeois


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petit bourgeois

the section of the middle class with the lowest social status, generally composed of shopkeepers, lower clerical staff, etc.
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For not even the petit bourgeois from the time after the revolution would truckle under slavishly before someone who happened to live in a castle, go hunting, and dress in finery.
THE mere fact that there are more members of the polyester-clad and badly spoken lower 'NuBritn' Petit Bourgeois tribe in members' enclosures is no reason to relax dress codes.
Hitchens is the product of typical English petit bourgeois parents who sought upward mobility for their children by putting them in public schools.
Free of the petit bourgeois constraints which surrounded her, the only concession to ostentation she ever made was in her sixties when she accepted a fur coat from her surviving son in honour of her visit to Buckingham Palace to receive Ithel's Distinguished Flying Cross.
So the work is a fascination with the petit bourgeois. Instead of being critical, it's a celebration of the middle classes.
But Mr Pickles insisted the party was not merely looking to the "petit bourgeois" to restore
The fact that she completely disdains her peer group and will go to any lengths to underline her role in history -- including building several statues in Lucknow to herself and to Dalit icons BR Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram -- indicates that she has none of the retiring pretensions of the petit bourgeois.
Lifestyle anarchism, he writes, with some derision, is little more than an ideology that panders to petit bourgeois tastes in eccentricity (p.72).
Sociologically, in the pejorative sense my wife means, both Italy and France are largely "bourgeois" North Europe is even more of the petit petit bourgeois category, East Europe and Latin America are by nature proletarian with a thin bourgeois-intellectual class at the top.
Yet, if it's all a capitalistic racket, when Moe departs with Hennie at the end of Awake and Sing!, unmarried and childless, he is indirectly conforming to her grandfather Jacob's judgment on the Berger family--and on petit bourgeois marriage and family in general--delivered in Act I: "Marx said it--abolish such families" (238).
Minus a loaded gun for' gravity, Gibson's petit bourgeois, like the self-obsessed gentry before the fall of the czar, have no time for the global crises that loom outside their romantic setting.
It is in the ranks of the devoted admirers of the Other, and not among the narrow-minded petit bourgeois who love only the Self."