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The Social Register has been since 1888 a defining feature of the American social upper class which has been argued by Baltzell, Domhoff and others as a governing class. From its beginnings in the flowering of the corporate oligarchy in the industrial age, the Social Register has changed relatively little in character or content. Recent journalistic and social scientific examinations of Social Registry have questioned its continuing relevance to the thesis that the social upper class is a governing class. This paper examines some of the foundational work of Domhoff and others and extends that examination to recent developments in the symbolic representations of Social Registry.


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  • Institution
    • Dahlonega

  • Publisher
    • The Journal of Public and Professional Sociology

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Author Biography:

      David Broad, Professor of Sociology at the University of North Georgia has been teaching and researching in sociology for over 45 years. He has been recognized with the highest teaching awards at Tennessee State University and the University of North Georgia. He has over 100 publications, on social class, popular culture and on endurance running.

      Book or Journal Information:

      A peer-reviewed journal housed at Kennesaw State University