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Class: A Guide Through the American Status System

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In andlt;Iandgt;Classandlt;/Iandgt; Paul Fussell explodes the sacred American myth of social equality with eagle-eyed irreverence and iconoclastic wit. This bestselling, superbly researched, exquisitely observed guide to the signs, symbols, and customs of the American class system is always outrageously on the mark as Fussell shows us how our status is revealed by everything we do, say, and own. He describes the houses, objects, artifacts, speech, clothing styles, and intellectual proclivities of American classes from the top to the bottom and everybody — you'll surely recognize yourself — in between. andlt;Iandgt;Classandlt;/Iandgt; is guaranteed to amuse and infuriate, whether your class is so high it's out of sight (literally) or you are, alas, a sinking victim of prole drift.

Synopsis:

The bestselling, comprehensive, and carefully researched guide to the ins-and-outs of the American class system with a detailed look at the defining factors of each group, from customs to fashion to housing.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Based on careful research and told with grace and wit, Paul Fessell shows how everything people within American society do, say, and own reflects their social status. Detailing the lifestyles of each class, from the way they dress and where they live to their education and hobbies, andlt;I andgt;Classandlt;/Iandgt; is sure to entertain, enlighten, and occasionally enrage readers as they identify their own place in society and see how the other half lives.

Synopsis:

In Class Paul Fussell explodes the sacred American myth of social equality with eagle-eyed irreverence and iconoclastic wit. This bestselling, superbly researched, exquisitely observed guide to the signs, symbols, and customs of the American class system is always outrageously on the mark as Fussell shows us how our status is revealed by everything we do, say, and own. He describes the houses, objects, artifacts, speech, clothing styles, and intellectual proclivities of American classes from the top to the bottom and everybody — you'll surely recognize yourself — in between. Class is guaranteed to amuse and infuriate, whether your class is so high it's out of sight (literally) or you are, alas, a sinking victim of prole drift.

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;Paul Fussell,andlt;/Bandgt; critic, essayist, and cultural commentator, has recently won the H. L. Mencken Award of the Free Press Association. Among his books are andlt;iandgt;The Great War and Modem Memory,andlt;/iandgt; which in 1976 won both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award; andlt;iandgt;Abroad: British Literary Traveling Between the Wars; Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War;andlt;/iandgt; and, most recently, andlt;iandgt;BAD or, The Dumbing of America.andlt;/iandgt; His essays have been collected in andlt;iandgt;The Boy Scout Handbook and Other Observationsandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Thank God for the Atom Bomb and Other Essays.andlt;/iandgt; He lives in Philadelphia, where he teaches English at the University of Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Contents

I A Touchy Subject

II An Anatomy of the Classes

III Appearance Counts

IV About the House

V Consumption, Recreation, Bibelots

VI The Life of the Mind

VII "Speak, That I May See Thee"

VIII Climbing and Sinking, and Prole Drift

IX The X Way Out

Appendix: Exercises, and the Mail Bag

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671792251
Author:
Fussell, Paul
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Sociology, anthropology and archaeology
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Poverty
Subject:
Social classes
Subject:
Social status
Subject:
Social status -- United States.
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Social classes -- United States.
Subject:
Sociology-Poverty
Subject:
class system; social structure; hierarchy; American society; celebrities; sociology; 1%; 1 percent; poor; rich and famous; wealthy; poverty; Wall Street; can be rich; rich men; rich women; meet rich; Koch brothers; luxury; luxury homes; luxury travel; wel
Subject:
class system; social structure; hierarchy; American society; celebrities; sociology; 1%; 1 percent; poor; rich and famous; wealthy; poverty; Wall Street; can be rich; rich men; rich women; meet rich; Koch brothers; luxury; luxury homes; luxury travel; wel
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
October 1992
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
LINE DRAWS T/O
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 6.685 oz

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"Synopsis" by , The bestselling, comprehensive, and carefully researched guide to the ins-and-outs of the American class system with a detailed look at the defining factors of each group, from customs to fashion to housing.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Based on careful research and told with grace and wit, Paul Fessell shows how everything people within American society do, say, and own reflects their social status. Detailing the lifestyles of each class, from the way they dress and where they live to their education and hobbies, andlt;I andgt;Classandlt;/Iandgt; is sure to entertain, enlighten, and occasionally enrage readers as they identify their own place in society and see how the other half lives.
"Synopsis" by ,

In Class Paul Fussell explodes the sacred American myth of social equality with eagle-eyed irreverence and iconoclastic wit. This bestselling, superbly researched, exquisitely observed guide to the signs, symbols, and customs of the American class system is always outrageously on the mark as Fussell shows us how our status is revealed by everything we do, say, and own. He describes the houses, objects, artifacts, speech, clothing styles, and intellectual proclivities of American classes from the top to the bottom and everybody — you'll surely recognize yourself — in between. Class is guaranteed to amuse and infuriate, whether your class is so high it's out of sight (literally) or you are, alas, a sinking victim of prole drift.

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