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THE NEW CLASS

As mentioned in Chapter 13, social analysts in recent years often debate the existence of a "new class" [Briggs, 1979; Hacker, 1979]. Its members are middle- and upper-level government employees and people engaged in communication-television and radio staff, actors and actresses, journalists, professors, and clergy. They are mostly in the middleclass brackets, although some "stars" rank with the very rich. The new-class category does not quite fit the usual definition of social class but is used to indicate a group with a distinctive viewpoint. Berger describes the role of the new class in terms' of a class struggle:

Once this is seen, it comes as no surprise that the new class, if compared with the business class, is more "statist" in political orientation or, other words, is more on the "left." Many if not most of the great liberal programs since the New Deal have served to enhance the power and privilege (not to mention the prestige) of the new class; not surprisingly, its members are devoted to these programs. (Peter L. Berger, "The Class Struggle in American Religion," Tire

Posted on September 4, 2014 in Social Class

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