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1. Context and conception

The sociological concept of Bürgerlichkeit can, due to the dilemma that the supporters of the Enlightenment and the growing demands for political participation on the part of the third estate (Estates, society of), not be identified with a socio-structural class definable as bourgeoisie [14. 9]. Since historical usage of the word Bürgerlichkeit exhibits at best a loose connection with terms like “culture,” “humanity (Lessing),” and t…

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Albrecht, Clemens, “Bürgerlichkeit”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_017916>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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