Word Archaeology: embourgeoisement

This word, first used circa 1937, refers to a shift in a society’s values toward materialism. The “embourgeoisement thesis” posits that collective and individual action between the 1930s and 1960s allowed more working-class people to move into the “middle class”, which led them to reject previously held collective social and economic goals.

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Lead storyteller. Game designer and journalist. Recovering Floridian.

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