quote:Originally posted by GentleCheetah
quote:Originally posted by Rich
Very informative. Probably applies to most countries, at least in the West, possibly nearly everywhere.
What is interesting though is the discrepancy between this objective analysis and how people subjectively perceive their own class affiliation and that of others, and how ideology can try to distort the reality be denying the existence of certain classes, or even of all classes.
The idea of a "classless" society crops up every now and then in political discourse (e.g. in the UK). The idea of the US being a vast "middle class" often appears in the media. The underclass gets swept under the carpet, and the upper classes, which pull all the strings, are also hidden from view (discretion).
The result is that individual perceptions of class are extremely variable and often surprising.
You pointed out that this study was quite objective. Now come to think about it, it is indeed much less emotional and self-serving than Fussell's book. For one thing, the author doesn't exhibit strong likes and dislikes of any particular class.
The Gentle Cheetah
Maybe it would be more accurate to say that the study strives to be objective, though class is such an elusive thing that it is probably impossible to make a truly objective breakdown.
The only objective, quantifiable component of class is wealth. All the others - prestige, power,lineage, etc. are subjective and controversial. Even wealth is tricky because different sorts of wealth might have to be weighted differently to get an accurate picture.
Interesting that something so all-pervading should be so difficult to pin down.