Sociologie Românească, Vol. III, no. 3/2005, pp. 210-231.
The middle class: the new convergence paradigm
*Institute of Sociology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Abstract (Rezumat în limba engleză): Throughout the modern world the middle class is increasingly looked upon as a precondition of stability in the social structures, as a means of softening social inequalities, as a way of retaining the status quo, as an instrument of achieving confidence in the future. And the noteworthy thing is that neither the perspective, nor the contexts vary a lot, whatever the regional and cultural specifics, regardless of the historical and political background, irrespective of the degree of economic development, etc.