An enigma in the research on the bourgeoisie is the lack of definition. Fieldwork as done by the two authors in Paris provides ample evidence of a specific social group answering to the popular acknowledgement of the word. The non-definition of the bourgeoisie is an intrinsic attribute of its structure, tied to change, and of its ideology, burdened with a derogatory term. The bourgeoisie should not be enclosed by boundaries contrary to its essence. Its existence cannot be denied and it can be reached by appropriate ethnological description and analysis.
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Le Wita, B. & Sjögren, A., (1987) “The Undefinable Bourgeoisie”, Ethnologia Europaea 17(1), 43–56. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/ee.1370