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202 resit – What is class & what defines it?

The definition of class is –

  1. A set or category of things having some property or attribute in common and differentiated from others by kind, type, or quality.
    “it has good accommodation for a hotel of this class”
  2. A system of ordering society whereby people are divided into sets based on perceived social or economic status.”people who are socially disenfranchised by class”

SOCIAL CLASS – ‘a division of a society based on social and economic status.’

Although in the today Britain I don’t feel it is as defined than it used to be, though I do feel society has a new way of looking at class. I felt I had read a lot on class which had started to confuse me I therefore decided to try searching on Youtube to get a visual approach on my research.

When entering what defines class in Britain a large number of videos came up,

I feel the second video shows the comparison well even though the second half was done on the radio these show what I imagine most opinions to be.

Whilst the video below shows this in order of first appearance:

Class today – Whilst researching it would seem there are now seven different social classes (–and-working-class-is-a-dwindling-breed-8557894.html)

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Precariat: This is the most deprived class of all with low levels of economic, cultural and social capital. The every day lives of members of this class are precarious.

Traditional Working Class: This class scores low on all forms of the three capitals although they are not the poorest group. The average age of this class is older than the others.

Emergent Service Workers: This new class has low economic capital but has high levels of ’emerging’ cultural capital and high social capital. This group are young and often found in urban areas.

Technical Middle Class: This is a new, small class with high economic capital but seem less culturally engaged. They have relatively few social contacts and so are less socially engaged.

New Affluent Workers: This class has medium levels of economic capital and higher levels of cultural and social capital. They are a young and active group.

Established Middle Class: Members of this class have high  levels of all three capitals although not as high as the Elite. They are a gregarious and culturally engaged class.

Elite: This is the most privileged class in Great Britain who have high levels of all three capitals. Their high amount of economic capital sets them apart from everyone else.

I have asked many people what their perception of class is. The majority said education, as without a good education and qualifications it will become hard to gain good employment or indeed any employment, also hard to earn a decent wage thus making it hard to be able to live in a better place and be socially mobile. This is the main reason why some Brits are reliant on benefits. Though there are exceptions to this ie.  Alan Sugar who left school with no qualifications and now earns millions running his own business. Also Katie Price aka Jordan, who is perceived to be the stereotypical Chav,  has worked her way up and become her own business woman through self drive and ambition. Although it is possible to have a good job without good qualifications as proven by Lord Alan Sugar, the majority of  peoples work ethic is diminishing and becoming to comfortable living off the welfare state and finding themselves trapped.


Does neoliberalism allow people to break out of these classes?



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This entry was posted on June 21, 2014 by in 202.
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