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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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A sample of the work published over the past 25 years gives some impression of the variety of this work; titles include "Rethinking Retail Capital"|12~; "Technological Change and the Division of Labour: The Case of Retail Meatcutters"|13~; "Monthly Strategies for Discretion: Shopping for Sanitary Towels and Tampons"|14~; "The Petits Bourgeois in the Class Structure: The Case of Small Shopkeepers"|15~; "The Sociology of the Betting Shop"|16~; "The British Business Elite: The Case of the Retail Sector"|17~; and "Women, Shopping and Leisure"|18~.
and Bland, R., "The Petits Bourgeois in the Class Structure: The Case of Small Shopkeepers", in Parkin, F.