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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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Though not in substance, yet in form, the struggle of the proletariat with the bourgeoisie is at first a national struggle.
In depicting the most general phases of the development of the proletariat, we traced the more or less veiled civil war, raging within existing society, up to the point where that war breaks out into open revolution, and where the violent overthrow of the bourgeoisie lays the foundation for the sway of the proletariat.
And here it becomes evident, that the bourgeoisie is unfit any longer to be the ruling class in society, and to impose its conditions of existence upon society as an over-riding law.
The advance of industry, whose involuntary promoter is the bourgeoisie, replaces the isolation of the labourers, due to competition, by their revolutionary combination, due to association.
In Weimar Germany, for example, an alienated and frightened bourgeoisie lent considerable support to the Nazi movement.
Even with the death of Prince Jones, a native son of the black bourgeoisie, there has been very little outcry from the county's leadership.
Through its alliances with the imperialist bourgeoisie, the local, export-oriented compardor bourgeoisie was able to triumph over its pro-industrial counterpart, and managed to condition the development of underdevelopment in the region as a whole.
For Negri the religious wars were a class conflict in which the bourgeoisie, defeated in its ambitions, sought consolation in venal office, and became an instrument of the absolutist state.
Having recently fled the English bourgeoisie for Morocco in Hideous Kinky, she now turns up in India, where she has found sanctuary from the Australian bourgeoisie in the lair of a Delhi guru.
The season also offers a second look at pieces that were new to SFB last year: Antony Tudor's sly Gala Performance (1938) and Kenneth McMillan's The Invitation, a jaded 1960 look at the bourgeoisie, in addition to the two commissions, Stanton Welch's Asia-inspired Taiko and Mark Morris's Popsicle-colored Sandpaper Ballet.
At the same time, the black bourgeoisie worked earnestly to uplift the masses of African Americans as a means of ensuring that negative stereotypes of black people would not be reinforced.
Later, in the Manifesto, Marx would, of course, describe the "executive of the state" as nothing more than "the managing committee of the whole bourgeoisie." In this proposition, he is partly taking over Hegel's idea of mediation.