The middle class is a class of people in the middle of a social hierarchy.
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The very definition of the term "middle class" is highly political and vigorously contested by various schools of political and economic philosophy.
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Modern social theorists - and especially economists - have defined and re-defined the term "middle class" in order to serve their particular political ends.
The definitions of the term "middle class" therefore are the result of the more- or less-scientific methods used when delineating the parameters of what is and isn't "middle class".
In Weberian socioeconomic terms, the middle class is the broad group of people in contemporary society who fall socio-economically between the working class and upper class.
The upper class in modern societies is the social class composed of people who hold the highest social status, and usually are also the wealthiest members of society, and also wield the greatest political power.
The working class are the people employed for wages, especially in manual-labour occupations and in skilled, industrial work.
One of the narrowest definitions limits it to those in the middle fifth of the nation's income ladder.
A wider characterization includes everyone but the poorest 20% and the wealthiest 20%.
Wealth is the abundance of valuable resources or valuable material possessions.
In modern American vernacular usage, the term "middle class" is most often used as a self-description by those persons whom academics and Marxists would otherwise identify as the working class which are below both the upper class and the true middle class, but above those in poverty.
An academy is an institution of secondary education, higher learning, research, or honorary membership.
Poverty is the scarcity or the lack of a certain amount of material possessions or money.
This leads to considerable ambiguity over the meaning of the term "middle class" in American usage.
Sociologists such as Dennis Gilbert and Joseph Kahl see this American self-described "middle class" as the most populous class in the United States.
The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.
Sociology is the study of social behavior or society, including its origins, development, organization, networks, and institutions.