What is social class?

Social Class can be defined by-

  • 1. economic factors (wealth, income, occupation)
  • 2. political factors (status, power)
  • 3. cultural factors (lifestyle, education, values, beliefs).

Despite arguments that the class system has changed over the past 50 years it is still the case that important differences in shared beliefs and values relate more obviously to class than any other social category.

Social class leads to inequalities of resources, whether that is income, education, housing or health.


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