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People in the UK now fit into seven social classes, a major survey conducted by the BBC suggests. It says the traditional categories of working, middle and upper class are outdated, fitting 39% of people.
It found a new model of seven social classes ranging from the elite at the top to a "precariat" - the poor, precarious proletariat - at the bottom
The new classes are defined as:
Elite - the most privileged group in the UK, distinct from the other six classes through its wealth. This group has the highest levels of all three capitals
Established middle class - the second wealthiest, scoring highly on all three capitals. The largest and most gregarious group, scoring second highest for cultural capital
Technical middle class - a small, distinctive new class group which is prosperous but scores low for social and cultural capital. Distinguished by its social isolation and cultural apathy
New affluent workers - a young class group which is socially and culturally active, with middling levels of economic capital
Traditional working class - scores low on all forms of capital, but is not completely deprived. Its members have reasonably high house values, explained by this group having the oldest average age at 66
Emergent service workers - a new, young, urban group which is relatively poor but has high social and cultural capital
Precariat, or precarious proletariat - the poorest, most deprived class, scoring low for social and cultural capital
Originally posted by boymonkey74
Well Iam lowest of the low with Precariat.
Am I bothered nah.
Originally posted by SearchLightsInc
The more types of people you know - The greater you go up in class. Do you go to the theatre? You must be a higher class.
I think it tried to make out like there is social mobility in society when these days, there clearly is not.
I think this is interesting and an important development, because as a society we have entered an age where people who don't make much can still afford a great amount of entertainment and have access to a great deal of information online. In previous eras, lack of money limited the amount of knowledge one could have and also the quality of life much more than today.