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Boundaries Across Borders: A Comparative Cultural Sociology of the Millennial Professional-Managerial Class in Canada, Belgium, and the United States

The project aims to produce a comparative cultural sociological study of the millennial professional-managerial class in Canada, Belgium, and the U.S. More specifically, I will conduct interviews with professionals and managers based in Toronto, Brussels, and New York City – three “global cities,” with a reputation of attracting young expressivist cosmopolitans – in order to identify: 

(1) The types, prevalence, and strength of the symbolic boundaries this class draws (e.g., how they define an “authentic,” “actualized,” and “meritorious” self at work and at home; who they associate with and who they distinguish themselves from; the types of people they admire and the types of people they do not respect, etc.). 

(2) What historical, social, and institutional factors play a role in shaping these boundaries. 

(3) The role of national identity in fostering and/or hindering social solidarity across classes, ethnicities, religious groups, and other identity categories. 

In a word, the project will shed light on the cultural mechanisms both fuelling and mitigating rising inequality and political polarization – two of the most pressing issues of our time.

Date:1 Oct 2022 →  Today
Keywords:Social Solidarity, Professional-Managerial Class, National Identity
Disciplines:Social change not elsewhere classified, Social differentiation, stratification and social mobility, Sociology of social class, Social stratification not elsewhere classified, Sociology of occupations and professions