The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class, Elizabeth Currid-Halkett
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The Sum of Small Things: A Theory of the Aspirational Class

Author: Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

Narrator: Rachel Dulude

Unabridged: 8 hr 35 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Published: 10/24/2017

Genre: Social Science - Social Classes

Synopsis

In today's world, the leisure class has been replaced by a new elite.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.

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