The sum of small things : a theory of the aspirational class

Title
The sum of small things : a theory of the aspirational class / Elizabeth Currid-Halkett.
Author
Currid-Halkett, Elizabeth, 1978-
Publication
  • Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2017]
  • ©2017
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1 online resource (x, 254 pages) : illustrations
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Genre/Form
Electronic books.
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  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Cover; Title; Copyright; CONTENTS; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1 The Twenty-first-Century "Leisure" Class; Chapter 2 Conspicuous Consumption in the Twenty-first Century; Chapter 3 Ballet Slippers and Yale Tuition: Inconspicuous Consumption and the New Elites; Chapter 4 Motherhood as Conspicuous Leisure in the Twenty-first Century; Chapter 5 Conspicuous Production; Chapter 6 Landscapes of Consumption; Chapter 7 "To Get Rich Is Glorious"? The State of Consumption and Class in America; Appendix; Notes; References; Index.
ISBN
  • 9781400884698
  • 1400884691
LCCN
  • 40027177926
  • 10.1515/9781400884698
  • 40027297059
  • 13252287
Author
Currid-Halkett, Elizabeth, 1978- author. Author
Title
The sum of small things : a theory of the aspirational class / Elizabeth Currid-Halkett.
Publisher
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2017]
Copyright Date
©2017
Type of Content
text
Type of Medium
computer
Type of Carrier
online resource
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary
"In today's world, the leisure class has been replaced by a new elite.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. Exploring the rise of the aspirational class, Currid-Halkett considers how much has changed since the 1899 publication of Thorstein Veblen's Theory of the Leisure Class. In that inflammatory classic, which coined the phrase 'conspicuous consumption, ' Veblen described upper-class frivolities: men who used walking sticks for show, and women who bought silver flatware despite the effectiveness of cheaper aluminum utensils. Now, Currid-Halkett argues, the power of material goods as symbols of social position has diminished due to their accessibility. As a result, the aspirational class has altered its consumer habits away from overt materialism to more subtle expenditures that reveal status and knowledge. And these transformations influence how we all make choices. With a rich narrative and extensive interviews and research, The Sum of Small Things illustrates how cultural capital leads to lifestyle shifts and what this forecasts, not just for the aspirational class but for everyone."-- Provided by publisher.
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Print version: Currid-Halkett, Elizabeth, 1978- Sum of small things. Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2017] 9780691162737 (DLC) 2016040562 (OCoLC)974612448
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40027177926
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40027297059
13252287
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