Sociology Index


Yuppie is used as a term of opprobrium and or amused teasing. Yuppie is the perfect person in a capitalist society and yuppie is also the one who maximizes his or her own pleasure. Yuppie is a person who is less than 40 and who earns a lot more money than others. 

Yuppie is an acronym that stands for an young, upwardly mobile person who is concerned only with his or her own lifestyle and economic security. Yuppie is one who helps extract surplus value from working class people and who spends discretionary money as fast as possible.

The Financial Times recently described a new breed of ‘eco-yuppie’. The eco yuppies can achieve in pinstripes what others do in combat boots. The social construction of "the Islamic yuppie" and public opinion polls as arguments advocating a new kind of an urban, cosmopolitan citizen who can move fluidly through multiple spaces and scales.

How Far North Are We Going?
By Duncan Smith.

The “yuppie” is no longer an outsider. The BMW and the second home, the latter in a country of still too many homeless, is no longer a joke. The “yuppie” is now a major element of our contemporary culture, and the practices associated with her or him are gradually becoming general social practices. As usual, it is easier to talk about such matters in the abstract.

A “yuppie” could be anyone, his/her without ever mentioning that I am writing this on an expensive piece of high-tech machinery at a prestigious and wealthy university which makes verifiable claims, as we all do, to being “poor.” It is a place with ever-expanding needs, foremost of which is satisfying the desires of its users-faculty, students, administration, alumni.

Stressed Out on Four Continents: Time Crunch or Yuppie Kvetch? 
Abstract: Social commentators have pointed to problems of women workers who face 'time stress' - an absence of sufficient time to accomplish all their tasks. An economic theory views time stress as reflecting how tightly the time constraint binds households. Adults in higher-income households perceive more time stress for the same amount of time spent in market work and household work. The importance of higher full incomes in generating time stress is not small, particularly in North America - much is 'yuppie kvetch'.

Determining Yuppie Cuisine
A 4 page paper that addresses the diversity of yuppie tastes in the culinary scene and describes why it is impossible to define a cuisine for yuppies, except that it includes everything. The paper posits that this is true because yuppies are investigative and supportive of diverse cultures.