"ON THE SO-CALLED “MIDDLE-CLASS CITIZENS” AS THE POWER OF SOCIAL CHANGE"

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Abstract

"This article, looking at the middle-class citizens of today who have grown into the majority of the population in developed countries and who are gradually becoming the majority in emerging countries too, argues that none other than such citizens might retain the power of social change in this phase of capitalism. This article, by tracing the different aspects of citizens’ features along with capitalist development, reveals the complicated characteristics of contemporary
middle-class citizens who though usually supporting of the capitalist system, sometimes turn into influential opponents of the system where they feel themselves betrayed or abandoned by it. This article insists on the distinct meaning of the Worldwide Comprehensive Consumption Reduction Movement, which is effective not only for preventing the destruction of nature, culture
and human health but also for the middle-class citizens to develop into constructive reformists,not simply opponents, of the very same capitalist society."
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-37
Number of pages13
JournalWorld Review of Political Economy
Volume4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Keywords

  • middle-class citizens
  • social change
  • consumption reduction strategy
  • world-wide

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