Hmmmm. I guess that freewriting really is an excellent activity (though I didn't really doubt this), because in six minutes of noodling around trying to describe an as-yet-incomplete-and-therefore-somewhat-hypothetical book chapter, I think I realized something fundamentally important about an argument I'm trying to make about medieval masculine identity (part of what I'm working on). Seriously, trying to sum up chapters that don't yet fully exist is turning out to be a truly valuable and revealing enterprise, because I keep having to distill everything to its essence and in so doing, I articulate arguments that I didn't quite realize I was making. It's pretty awesome.
Anyway, this really important revelation (with which I'm totally thrilled) has led to a related question about terminology, and I decided I would throw it open to the interwebs - to anyone and everyone, as I'm honestly interested in all opinions here, not just medievalists' or academics', because it's a question of terminology and I want to know how this terminology reads to everyone (I mean, I'll be lucky if this book is of interest to anyone other than the six people working in this field, but I can pretend it will be of broader interest):
How do you define "bourgeois"? Edited for clarity: Thank you for the responses so far! I'm really interested in it both as an adjective and a noun.
(I know all about dictionaries and all that, but I really want to see leaps to people's minds when they see the term before I use it. In the interest of full disclosure, I've carefully avoided it to this point, but I want to make sure that's been an appropriate choice.)