How to Be Middle Class

  • Guillermo Rebollo Gil
Part of the New Caribbean Studies book series (NCARS)


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.


Middle class “You” The debt Sovereignty 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guillermo Rebollo Gil
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  1. 1.Universidad del EsteCarolinaPuerto Rico

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