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Middle class (174 words)
In Europe and the United States, industrialization eventually caused the middle class to swell at the expense of the lower, so that by the middle of the 20th century it constituted a majority.
As the swollen middle class lost its distinctive usefulness as a label, observers invented sub-labels: we often detect in contemporary societies at least an "upper middle class" and a "lower middle class".
Modern political economy considers a large middl class to be a beneficial, stabilizing influence on society, because it has neither the explosive revolutionary tendencies of the lower class[?], nor the stultifying greedy tendencies of the upper class[?].
middle class: Definition and Much More from Answers.com (1592 words)
Middle class is sometimes loosely used to refer to the bourgeoisie.
Descending from this distinction, the phrase "middle class" came to be used in the United Kingdom during the Industrial Revolution to describe the professional and business class, as distinct from both the titled nobility and the landed gentry on the one hand and the agricultural and (increasingly) industrial laborers on the other.
Marxism defines social classes not according to the wealth or prestige of their members, but according to their relationship with the means of production: a noble owns land; a capitalist owns capital; a worker has the ability to work and must seek employment in order to make a living.
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