What do we mean by class - What do we mean by...

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What do we mean by "class"? In the U.S., class is a very confusing and elusive thing. Mostly we don't talk about it. We consider ourselves a "classless" society or think of everyone except for a few lucky ones at the "top" or unfortunate ones at the "bottom" "middle class." Class can evade any attempt at categorization or simplistic definition. One person's definitions may not make sense to another. We present these definitions in the hope of starting a dialogue about class and how it impacts on us. A class consists of a large group of people who occupy a similar economic position in the wider society based on income, wealth, property ownership, education, skills, or authority in the economic sphere. Class affects people not only on an economic level, but also on an emotional level. Class identity - A label for one category of class experience, such as ruling class, owning class, middle class, working class, poor. Class Indicator - A factual or experiential factor that helps determine an individual's class or perceived class. The criteria for determining class membership or identity can be easily debated. Examples: Housing - if, what, where, how many Job Status Income Clothes Stuff -how much and what kind Cultural Capital Wealth Education Language-
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2010 for the course RA seminar taught by Professor Rds during the Spring '10 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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