Bobos in Paradise has ratings and reviews. Jason said: David Brooks is, for lack of a better term, David Brooks. He has two schticks. First is. INTRODUCTION. Bobos in Paradise The New Upper Class and How They Got There By DAVID BROOKS Simon & Schuster. Read the Review. David Brooks is a senior editor of the Weekly Standard. He also Bobos in Paradise is a pop treatise on the United States’ upper class of the new millennium.

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Bobos in Paradise the New Upper Class and How They Got There

Well-educated thirty-to-fortysomethings, they have forged a new social ethos from a logic-defying fusion of s counter-culture and s entrepreneurial materialism. So proclaims David Brooks, the American journalist and self-avowed ‘Bobo’, who coined the phrase to describe the new cultural and corporate hegemony of his cosmopolitan, computer-savvy contemporaries, many of whom parwdise no doubt recognise themselves in Bobos In Paradise: They are the new establishment.

Their hybrid culture is the atmosphere we all breathe,’ Brooks declares in his ‘comic sociology’ of Bobo manners and mores. Combining the free-spirited, artistic rebelliousness of the bohemian beatnik or hippie with the worldly ambitions of their bourgeois corporate forefathers, the Bobo is a comfortable contortion of caring capitalism.

Life should be an extended hobby. It’s all about working for a company as cool as you are.

Often sporting such unconventional job titles as ‘creative paradox’, ‘corporate jester’ or ‘learning person’, Bobos work with a monk-like self-discipline because they view their jobs as intellectual, even spiritual. Even their jobs are a mission to improve the world,’ says Brooks, himself a political columnist for the conservative Weekly Standard.


But suddenly Bobos are everywhere, or so it struck Brooks after four years abroad in the s. His wealthy white-bread Pennsylvania hometown was now firmly focaccia, with half a dozen new gourmet coffee shops, independent booksellers and countless purveyors of ‘fat smelly candles’ and ‘hand-painted TV armoires’. Most people seemed to have rebel attitudes and social-climbing ij all scrambled together.

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Sounds familiar, says British trend-spotter Peter York. I’ve been thinking about Bobos for months; they are all around me, and they’ve been a long time coming, in a sense, a no-brainer, an inevitable “end of history” phenomenon, with all ideological wars ended, religious schisms over.

York says there are ni than a million British Bobos, sharing with their US counterparts the same proclivities for spiritual growth, creative fulfilment, Tuscan-tiled stainless steel kitchens, distressed Third World antiques and hi-tech titanium sporting gear. Names, I want names, I tell Brooks. Now half-author, half-salesman, I’ve been stunned by how much I’ve taken up the selling fervour.

They are living out a protracted adolescence. Toby Miller, a professor of popular culture at New York University, suspects Boboism has more to do with style than substance.

Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, by David Brooks

Their political interests, Miller says, are either ‘intensely close and personal’ abortion or gun controlor very remote the rainforests, Tibet or Third World poverty. But they will ravid likely express their conscience in their consumerism, relieved to be helping someone somewhere by collecting the hand-carved artefacts of distant cultures.

xavid They are by instinct anti-establishmentarian, yet somehow sense they have become a new establishment. They are prosperous without seeming greedy; they have pleased their elders, without seeming conformist; they have risen toward the top without too obviously looking down on those below,’ he says.


Motivated by ‘spiritual participation, but cautious of moral crusades and religious enthusiasms, they tolerate a little lifestyle experimentation, so long as it is done safely and moderately. They are offended by concrete bbobos, such as cruelty and racial injustice, but are relatively unmoved by lies or transgressions that don’t seem to do anyone any obvious harm.

For now, the old fiery antipathy between bourgeois and bohemian is a distant memory, tensions reconciled, and psradise advertising is finding inspiration in Jack Kerouac, Gandhi and ‘Born to be Wild’. We have reached the point, says Brooks, where ‘the hedonism of Woodstock mythology has been domesticated and now serves as a management tool for the Fortune So the people who thrive in this period are the ones who can turn ideas and emotions into products.

Indeed, the one realm of American life where the language of s radicalism davidd strong is the pwradise world, says Brooks. Indeed, sometimes you get the impression the Free Speech Movement produced more corporate executives than Harvard Business School.

Somewhere ‘fashionably en-lightened’, maybe Brooks’s new local supermarket. Gone are the Sixties-era things that were fun for teenagers, like free love, and retained are all the things that might be of interest to middle-aged hypochondriacs, like whole grains.

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