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"THE VICTORIAN MIDDLE CLASS IN AMERICA IN 2013"

"THE VICTORIAN MIDDLE CLASS IN AMERICA IN 2013"

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Published by Adam Fieled
An essay by American artist Adam Fieled which addresses American class issues in 2013.
An essay by American artist Adam Fieled which addresses American class issues in 2013.

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Published by: Adam Fieled on Apr 03, 2013
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THE VICTORIAN MIDDLE CLASS IN AMERICA IN 2013
One issue I think the rise of the Philly Free School both signifies and reveals is theimminent death of the Victorian Middle Class (and its ethos) in America. What defines theVictorian Middle Class here? For one, it’s the approach to family— and the entropy around whatused to be called the “nuclear family” is terrific. The nuclear family model— a cohesivesuburban unit, with a monogamously married couple raising two or three children spawned bythem, in the context of the father’s breadwinner status, possibly joined by a working mother—was bitten by divorce from the Seventies forward, but not entropy-destroyed. With thecollapse of the American economy, the nuclear family model is no longer feasible, in itsprosperous, steady Victorian version. Everything Victorian in the American middle class is underduress— notions of independence (especially for those under forty), industry and precision(inadequate funds having imposed sloppiness on everyone, on both personal and professionallevels), moral and ethical scrupulosity (when middle class Americans are reduced to fighting for

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