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In today's world, the leisure class has been replaced by a new elite. Highly educated and defined by cultural capital rather than income bracket, these individuals earnestly buy organic, carry NPR tote bags, and breast-feed their babies. They care about discreet, inconspicuous consumption - like eating free-range chicken and heirloom tomatoes, wearing organic cotton shirts and Toms shoes, and listening to the Serial podcast. They use their purchasing power to hire nannies and housekeepers, to cultivate their children's growth, and to practice yoga and Pilates.
In The Sum of Small Things, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett dubs this segment of society "the aspirational class" and discusses how, through deft decisions about education, health, parenting, and retirement, the aspirational class reproduces wealth and upward mobility, deepening the ever-wider class divide.
©2017 Elizabeth Currid-Halkett (P)2017 Tantor
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"There is a lot to learn here about the contemporary face of income inequality." ( Publishers Weekly)
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By Find a Path with Heart on 01-11-18

Insightful, fact-based explanation of our various “identities”

This book provides a history of how various identity groups have formed in America, and what that means for our future and the world’s future.

Reading it should give you insight into “how come those other folks are like that?”

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