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maren tam | 1st Mar 2013, 16:05 PM | 新聞背後, Talk of the Town

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      鬍鬚曾說中產, 成為預算案中的一個大花絮. 甚麼是中產? 網上有一大堆有意義的definition:

BusinessDictionary.com : 中產收入介乎working class及upper-middle class(醫生, 工程師, 律師...)之間.  

             "The income of this class is higher than that of the working-class but lower than that of the upper-middle class (doctors, engineers, lawyers, middle-size business owners) and upper class."

高等法院法官Anthony To在2000年一案件中判決: 中產孩子維持生活水平, 每月消費為6000港元.

            "The child is now 11 years old. It is reasonable for both parties to expect that he would be brought up like a member of the middle class family and complete some form of post secondary education. I consider the average cost of maintaining the child with that living standard would be $6,000.00 per month for a seven year period..."

NewYorkTimes引述:  四人中產家庭年收入介乎24萬至80萬港元.

              " A $70,000 annual income is middle class for a family of four, according to the median response in a recent Pew Research Center survey, and yet people at a wide range of income levels, including those making less than $30,000 and more than $100,000 a year, said they, too, belonged to the middle."

街頭耳語: 不取綜援、不住公屋、不住劏房, 住私樓的, 都叫做中產.

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         講錢市儈, 但若要問你是不是中產? 怎能不講錢?

        上述列舉例子, 全部都是講「產」, 財產、資產, 甚至是地產, 就算職業, 也只因它構成某程度的收入吧, ---- 即是講錢, 能容許一個人去到甚麼樣的生活質素, 而不是生活態度. 曾俊華說中產不一定用收入來量度, 就像說選美不一定以美貌去評分. 美貌與錢, 社會中最厲害的兩件武器. 選美是有些附加價值, 叫做「智慧」; 中產也有些附加價值, 叫做「睇法國電影」及「飲咖啡」. 然而,  美貌是港姐的門檻, 錢也是中產的門檻.

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             第一天聽鬍鬚曾說自己是中產時, 不過一笑置之. 我覺得他總不至於富豪, 不是upper upper class, 不論福布斯還是胡潤富豪榜, 肯定不會有他的份兒.

           社會學一般認為social class以William Lloyd Warner的研究為突破, 他分成6層, 當中以家族地位, 財富, 職業, 居住環境, 例如clam flat(相等於我們的劏房吧?)作指標.

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       幾多人爬到或跌墮在不同階級, 在不同時代與城市, 有不同演譯. 我不是寫學術文章, 這裡不詳說. 然而, 書內有個頗有趣的說法, 就是被問及自我評價屬於哪個階層? 9成美國人都說自己是middle class.

       鬍鬚曾, 也許說自己是middle class, 才是一種生活態度吧?