posted on Apr, 3 2013 @ 04:41 AM
BBC - The Great British Class Calculator
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middle and upper class are outdated, fitting 39% of people.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
The seven classes are determined not just using economic worth, but social value (which is based on your social circle's status) and cultural value
(which is based on the extent of your hobbies and interests).
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.
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
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
The most interesting class to me are the emergent service workers, who tend to rent and have low incomes, but have high social and cultural capital.
One traditional use of money is to trade it in for social and cultural capital, so knowing that there is a lot more of that available, even for the
lower middle / lower class, is a good thing.
A lot of that comes from the internet, which provides an abundance of cultural capital, and also (and this is important) allows anyone to create and
publish cultural capital while the previous establishment would have put roadblocks in the way of things like indie bands or indie games, or YouTube
channels, or open-source content or Wikipedia.
Want to see where you fit in? Take the test yourself: BBC News Class Calculator