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Une petite bourgeoisie au pouvoir. Sur le renouvellement des élus en milieu rural

Abstract : Where is the "rural petty bourgeoisie"? A survey conducted in bourgogne reveals that, since the 1970s, a new group endowed with a relatively substantial cultural capital has emerged and asserted itself through political elections in rural towns. With the gradual retreat of the economic bourgeoisie, local politics has offered the members of this group an opportunity for distinction in a rural world characterized by the resilience of the lower middle class and the diminishing importance of agriculture. Upward mobility, educational capital, managerial positions and social exclusiveness characterize this petty bourgeoisie. Yet, the 2008 municipal elections suggest that this group is far from being homogeneous. The cultural faction of this petty bourgeoisie distinguishes itself from its more vocational fraction, in particular through a greater distance vis à vis the lower strata. This internal conflictuality, however, only reinforces the boundaries of the group.
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Ivan Bruneau, Nicolas Renahy. Une petite bourgeoisie au pouvoir. Sur le renouvellement des élus en milieu rural. Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales, Editions du Seuil, 2012, pp.49-67. ⟨10.3917/arss.191.0048⟩. ⟨hal-02646202⟩



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