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txc 7 for MT 2 - After MT1 19:03 Social class A group...

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Unformatted text preview: After MT1 19:03 Social class A group sharing the same econ or social status Implies hierarchy-grades or ranks within society Transformed by Karl Marx from a neutral concept to one of critique Class ideology is relational (values actively compete) What determines social class? Sociological measures: education, occupation, income, family background Also less tangible qualities: cultural taste and practices; habitus (Bourdieu) class happens EP Thompson that class relations are fluid, that they develop and transform over time, and that they carry in them the residue of earlier social, cultural and class relations, cannot be stressed to strongly classy (1891) stylish elegant-relationship of class to time? To what endures?-Relationship btw class and classic? Authenticity? Classic Traditional, enduring Simple tailored lines Recognized value Standard of excellence Relationship with hegemony? Discourses of authenticity? Ex blazer, polo, jeans Class and capitalism Class relations are concealed or mystified as natural (unmarked) Marx defines class in terms of relationships with production (ex garment work) Need to historicize Before the industrial revolution and machine made clothing: Clothes were generally included among a persons most valuable possessions (new clothes were inaccessible to the poor) Clothing: expensive, precious, a form of currency Democratization of fashion? By late 19 th century: clothes becoming cheaper(mass produced) and more accessible (but still hard for lowest class) African Americans express cultural pride thru style Immigrants used American clothes to fit in Bourgeois mens clothes made social class differences explicit (the business suit vs. working class uniforms, overalls) Marxist paradigm-industrial capitalism (19 th century) Proletariat-working class Bourgeois-upper middle, business class Global assembly line Race to the bottom ( lowest wages ) in countries around the world Increased immigration from developing countries *the production consumption disconnect 20 th century: clothes take on added symbolic importance (magic of advertising) proliferation of street styles representing diverse subcultures within the working class (and beyond) from class fashion to consumer fashion advertising is the official art of modern capitalist societyit is often said that our society is too materialistic, and that advertising reflects thisbring the good things to lifebut it seems to me that in this respect our society is quite evidently not materialist enough...
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