Is there a global super-bourgeoisie? (2021)

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Bruno Cousin, Sébastien Chauvin (2021)

Is there a global super-bourgeoisie?

Sociology Compass, 15(6), 2021.

In recent decades, accelerating processes of globalization and an increase in economic inequality in most of the world’s countries have raised the question of the emergence of a new bourgeoisie integrated at the global level, sometimes described as a global super-bourgeoisie.

This group would be distinguished by its unequaled level of wealth and global interconnectedness, its transnational ubiquity and concentration in the planet’s major global cities, its specific culture, consumption habits, sites of sociability and shared references, and even by class consciousness and capacity to act collectively. This article successively discusses how the social sciences have examined these various dimensions of the question and begun to provide systematic empirical answers.

Keywords: class, inequality, transnationalism, bourgeoisie, super-rich, global elite, economic elites.