Definition of embourgeoisement in English:

embourgeoisement

noun

  • The proliferation in a society of values perceived as characteristic of the middle class, especially of materialism.

    • ‘Thus such features as wider home ownership, affluence, and the embourgeoisement of the working class are not necessarily electorally adverse; democratic socialist parties can still thrive in prosperous societies.’
    • ‘The embourgeoisement of the working class, object of many well-funded studies, did not prevent workers from staging militant strikes in 1960-3 and, more widely, in the late 1960s.’
    • ‘In most parts of Central and Eastern Europe, the process of embourgeoisement of society remained severely curtailed.’
    • ‘Even our soaps, once the repository of working-class stories, have undergone a process of embourgeoisement.’
    • ‘Others have found it more problematical because of its links with theories of embourgeoisement and the role of the labour aristocracy.’

Origin

1930s French, from embourgeoiser ‘become or make bourgeois’.

Pronunciation

embourgeoisement

/ɒ̃ˈbʊəʒwɑːzmɒ̃/ /ɑ̃buʀʒwazmɑ̃/