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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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Given broad variability in income distribution among members of the Black middle class, middleclass status may better reflect a mentality, mode of thought, or value orientation geared toward social mobility and respectability (Ford, 1997).
Both were breaking tacit rules of polite, middleclass society, acting like the "confidence men and painted women" that Karen Halttunen describes.
Under these circumstances, many blacks and whites felt it was increasingly important that blacks confirm their adherence to middleclass notions of propriety, work, education, and progress in order to both retain the support of sympathetic or potentially sympathetic whites and ensure that they had the cultural capital to survive socially and economically.
Middle-class ideology, and the desire to organize voluntary associations that advocated middleclass programs and ideals, developed in antebellum Providence, Gilkeson explains, for four reasons.