Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There
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Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There

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It used to be pretty easy to distinguish between the bourgeois world of capitalism and the bohemian counterculture. The bourgeois worked for corporations, wore grey, and went to church. The bohemians were the artists and intellectuals. Bohemians championed the values of the radical 1960's; bourgeois were the enterprising yuppies of the 1980's. Now the 'bo's' are all mixed up and it is impossible to tell an expresso sipping artist from a cappuccino-gulping banker. In attitudes toward sex, morality, leisure time and work, it is hard to separate the renegade from the company man. The new establishment has combined the countercultural sixties and the achieving eighties into one social ethos. These Bobos define our age. Their hybrid culture is the atmosphere we breathe, their status codes govern social life and their moral codes govern ethics and influence our politics. Our hybrid Bobo culture is going to be dominating society for a long time to come. Read all about it in this serious and witty essay on how we live now.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 20.32mm | 68.04g
  • Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed.
  • index
  • 0684853787
  • 9780684853789
  • 77,938

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Janet Maslin The New York Times Delectable...a tartly amusing, all too accurate guide to the new establishment. Chris Tucker The Dallas Morning News Thanks to Brooks, bobos will join preppies, yuppies, and angry white males in the American lexicon. Emily Prager The Wall Street Journal Hilarious and enlightening. Jonathan Yardley The Washington Post Perceptive and amusing. [Brooks] has identified the salient characteristics of this new elite, and he describes them with accuracy and wit.show more

Table of contents

Contents Introduction 1 * The Rise of the Educated Class 2 * Consumption 3 * Business Life 4 * Intellectual Life 5 * Pleasure 6 * Spiritual Life 7 * Politics and Beyond Acknowledgments Indexshow more

About David Brooks

David Brooks is a senior editor at THE WEEKLY STANDARD and a contributing editor at NEWSWEEK. Formerly a reporter and editor at THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, he's had articles in THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE WASHINGTON POST and other publications.show more

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Janet Maslin The New York Times Delectable...a tartly amusing, all too accurate guide to the new establishment.show more

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