Virtue Hoarders: The Case against the Professional Managerial Class (Forerunners: Ideas First) (Paperback)

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A denunciation of the credentialed elite class that serves capitalism while insisting on its own progressive heroism

Professional Managerial Class (PMC) elite workers labor in a world of performative identity and virtue signaling, publicizing an ability to do ordinary things in fundamentally superior ways. Author Catherine Liu shows how the PMC stands in the way of social justice and economic redistribution by promoting meritocracy, philanthropy, and other self-serving operations to abet an individualist path to a better world. Virtue Hoarders is an unapologetically polemical call to reject making a virtue out of taste and consumption habits.

Forerunners: Ideas First is a thought-in-process series of breakthrough digital publications. Written between fresh ideas and finished books, Forerunners draws on scholarly work initiated in notable blogs, social media, conference plenaries, journal articles, and the synergy of academic exchange. This is gray literature publishing: where intense thinking, change, and speculation take place in scholarship.

About the Author

Catherine Liu is professor of film and media studies at the University of California, Irvine.

Praise For…

"Virtue Hoarders amplifies a discussion that still needs to be had."—Spiked

"Virtue Hoarders: The Case Against the Professional Managerial Class, argues that the professional-managerial class-working class alliance was doomed from the start for the simple reason that the two classes’ interests are fundamentally opposed. "—The Washington Examiner 

Product Details
ISBN: 9781517912253
ISBN-10: 1517912253
Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press
Publication Date: January 26th, 2021
Pages: 90
Language: English
Series: Forerunners: Ideas First