Type
Article
Title
Is there a global super-bourgeoisie?
In
Sociology Compass
Author(s)
COUSIN Bruno - Centre d'études européennes et de politique comparée (Author)
CHAUVIN Sébastien - Université de Lausanne (Author)
Volume
15
Number
6
Pages
1 - 15 p.
ISSN
17519020
Keywords
bourgeoisie, class, economic elites, global elite, inequality, super-rich, transnationalism
Abstract
EN
In recent decades, accelerating processes of globalization and an increase in economic inequality in most of the world's countries have raised the question of the emergence of a new bourgeoisie integrated at the global level, sometimes described as a global super-bourgeoisie. This group would be distinguished by its unequaled level of wealth and global interconnectedness, its transnational ubiquity and concentration in the planet's major global cities, its specific culture, consumption habits, sites of sociability and shared references, and even by class consciousness and capacity to act collectively. This article successively discusses how the social sciences have examined these various dimensions of the question and begun to provide systematic empirical answers.

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