How to Be Middle Class
This chapter examines the link between a perceived lack of opposition to the fiscal control board among the majority of the island population and the government and media’s anti-poor discourse. Exposing how public debt has been equated with a flawed moral character of the people—especially of those most marginal—this chapter sheds light on how a middle-class subject is formed out of a generalized disdain for the most downtrodden and an assumed lack of alternatives for social and political change.
KeywordsMiddle class “You” The debt Sovereignty
- Godreau Aubert, Ariadna. 2015. Esa Tipa es una Yal. Paper presented at XXXIII International Conference of the Latin American Studies Association, May 27–30, San Juan, Puerto Rico.Google Scholar
- ———. 2017. Nosotras, que No nos Debemos a Nadie: Las Propias en Tiempos de Austeridad y Deuda Pública. Keynote Address in XI Coloquio Nacional sobre Mujeres, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus, April 4.Google Scholar
- Laureano, Eva. 2013. Cada Vez Más Viejos y Pobres en Puerto Rico. Noticel, December 31. http://www.noticel.com/noticia/153613/cada-vez-mas-viejos-y-pobres-en-puerto-rico.html.