White Collars, Gray Lives? The Lower Middle Class Revisited

@article{Bailey1999WhiteCG,
  title={White Collars, Gray Lives? The Lower Middle Class Revisited},
  author={Paul Bailey},
  journal={Journal of British Studies},
  year={1999},
  volume={38},
  pages={273 - 290}
}
  • P. Bailey
  • Published 1 July 1999
  • History
  • Journal of British Studies
The lower middle class has long had a bad press, for in common with other subaltern groups it has been more represented from without than within. Thus Victorian writers faced with the disquieting irruption of a new breed of petty bourgeois shop and office workers devised a parodic discourse of littleness, whose feminized tropes rendered the clerk as socially insignificant as the sequestered Victorian woman. George Grossmith's comic classic, Diary of a Nobody, pilloried the new social type in Mr… 

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