Professional managerial class

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The professional-managerial class was an influential new class hypothesis in the United States in the 1970s by John and Barbara Ehrenreich.[1] The Ehrenreichs hypothesized a social class within capitalism that, by controlling production processes through superior management skills, was neither proletarian nor bourgeois. However, in a world where a majority of young people pursue higher education yet are increasingly economically insecure, the term can have problematic implications, implicitly dividing the working class among social lines rather than economic ones, defining the PMC as diametrically opposed to the white working class with whom they in reality share similar class interests.


  1. Ehrenreich, John; Barbara Ehrenreich (1979). Pat Walker (ed.). Between Labor and Capital (1st ed.). Boston: South End Press. ISBN 0-89608-037-4.