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Culture And Civil Society

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Continental European culture, and French culture is certainly a strong example, tends toward strong aristocratic influences, particularly toward accentuating certain small details of life such as social etiquette and esthetic appreciation. This brings a certain fitness and joy to everyday life, such as through tasty cooking or a sense of beauty in the house such as produced by fresh flowers, but weakens concern in the public sphere and in politics which is left to elites. Work is enhanced in importance because it can lead to great social and personal success, eventually. British culture in a sense revolted against much of this, though the British upper class is closest to Continental Europeans in attitudes.

Keywords: British upper class; continental European culture



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