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middle class

A country-dependent term of art broadly defined as the socioeconomic stratum between the working class and upper class. The middle class in the UK includes those who own a home and often another elsewhere (e.g., in Spain, Florida or France), go on regular holidays, have a good education and are firmly ensconced in well-paid, secure managerial or professional posts (e.g., medical doctors with the National Health Service). The upper class in the UK is comprised of aristocrats, landed gentry, and titled individuals.
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It was discussed as to how the Pakistani middle class of yesterday was more progressive than it is now.
However, Brazil's poverty level decreased from almost 40% level in 2001 to around 25% in 2009, with 31 million middle class people.
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Not surprisingly, he therefore opens with introductory reflections on the contributions by Karl Marx and Max Weber "to provide a preliminary guide to the varied ways in which the middle class has been understood, in terms of its origins, dynamics, motivations and relations with other classes and strata in society" (p 21).
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Now, Pryor said that he thought the middle class included almost everyone in Arkansas, and, having spent 12 years in Washington, he may have been answering based on tax policy that would have to apply to everyone in the country.

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