White Collar

White Collar : The American Middle Classes

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A penetrating sociological and psychological study of the new middle class that comprise the backbone of modern American society.show more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • 0195006771
  • 9780195006773

Review Text

An Associate Professor at Columbia contributes a probe and profile of America's white collar- "more pitiful than tragic... living out in slow misery his yearning for the quick American climb... the small creature who is acted upon but does not act". His study, an attempt to grasp the new developments of social structure and character, is psychological as well as sociological, reflects the troubled tendencies of the times in terms of its largest mass group. It traces the shift from the old middle class of small enterprisers and a competitive way of life to the new middle class which is now dominated by bureaucracy and the "managerial demi-urge"; it shows how bureaucracy has forfeited independence, invaded the professions; it reflects the predominant working attitudes, the sources of gratification and prestige, the driving motive of success, the political directions (which are indeterminate), and the part which unionism plays in the white collar world. A perspective which is informed, inquiring, and in many ways disturbing, this is important as social philosophy and commentary. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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