Tilkidjiev 3/2005

Sociologie Românească, Vol. III, no. 3/2005, pp. 210-231.



SR 3 2005 coperta

The middle class: the new convergence paradigm

Nikolai Tilkidjiev*


*Institute of Sociology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences


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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.