Stew of Discontent:“Middle Class” Americans' Economic Populism in the 1990s and BeyondHumanity & Society
- Class consciousness,
- Social classes,
- Middle class,
- United States
AbstractThis article highlights the hidden subtlety of ordinary Americans' economic populist sentiment, a longstanding and politically pivotal form of popular resentment concerning class inequalities. Based on my research in the late 1990s, I describe how economic populist attitudes in the United States can be much more complex than suggested in the relevant literature. I use data from interviews with a small number of “ordinary middle class” Americans to illustrate little known nuances in these attitudes and to highlight how such subtleties are overlooked in prevailing characterizations of public opinion. I suggest that the oversight is the result of the fragmentary nature of the study of U.S. class consciousness. I call for critical reflection on underlying biases that may obstruct a more integrated approach, and I explain how a more holistic perspective on economic populist attitudes may be used to mobilize subordinate class discontent in the United States more effectively.
Citation InformationJonathan Martin. "Stew of Discontent:“Middle Class” Americans' Economic Populism in the 1990s and Beyond" Humanity & Society Vol. 34 Iss. 4 (2010) p. 350 - 378
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jonathan_martin/6/