Books On Social Class
The term social class is used in many ways in sociology.
Social class implies a group of individuals sharing a common situation within a social structure. In land based economies, class
structures are based on individual's relationship to the ownership and control of land.
Social class may refer to groups of individuals with a
shared characteristic relevant in some socio-economic
status measurement like individuals earning a particular sum in a year. Social class
then has a statistical meaning rather than being defined by social relationships. Social
class is used in discussing social structure and sociologists
rely on the concept of status in which individuals within a class can be seen as having
quite differentiated social situations.
A social class is a group of people that
have similar social status.
Karl Marx distinguished four classes in
class who own and control the means of production,
Bourgeoisie of small business and professionals,
of wage workers and
of people in poverty and social disorganization.
Class consciousness is associated with the development of a class-for-itself
where individuals within the class unite to pursue their shared interests.
CLASS CONSCIOUSNESS, FALSE
The concept assumes that there is an objective class interest of which its
members are unaware.
When divisions between social classes become obvious it is difficult for individuals to
change their social class because income, wealth, education, status is shaped by their
It is commonly linked to such distinctions as that between finance-based capital and
industrial-based capital. This is a useful concept in avoiding the simplistic view that
the corporate class is a necessarily unified group.
A class of individuals conscious of sharing a common social situation and who unite to
pursue common interests.
A social class composed of individuals who objectively share class membership.
Social Class - Abstracts
Social Classes in
Classical and Marxist Political Economy. - John Milios - Abstract - The notion
social class attains a theoretical content in the works of the classical political
Social Class and the
Spirit of Capitalism - Matthias Doepke, Fabrizio Zilibotti, Journal of the
European Economic Association. - Abstract: Standard theories of wealth inequality cannot
explain why the aristocrats failed to be the main protagonists and beneficiaries of
Relationship of Gender,
Self-Esteem, Social Class, and Racial Identity to Depression in Blacks - Maria B.
Munford, Journal of Black Psychology, Vol. 20, No. 2, 157-174 (1994)
Lifestyle and Social
Class - Mark Tomlinson
ESRC Centre for Research on Innovation and Competition, Devonshire House, University of
European Sociological Review 19:97-111 (2003)
Abstract. Traditional notions such as social class and gender are still highly relevant to
a discussion of lifestyle and consumer behaviour.
Globalisation, Youth Expectations and Social Class: The Case of Sri Lanka
Angela W. Little, Ricardo Sabatés, International Journal of Educational Development.
Migration and Endogamy According to Social Class: France, 18031986
Jean-Pierre Pélissier , Danielè Rébaudo , Marco H.D. van Leeuwen and Ineke Maas
International Review of Social History (2005), 50:219-246 Cambridge University Press.
The Cultures of Social Class and Religious Educational Practice
Katherine Turpin - Religious Education, Volume 104, Issue 3 May 2009 , pages 315 - 331
Ethnic and social class factors in residential segregation: some implications for
T R Lee - Environment and Planning.
How Social Class Differences Affect Students' Experience of University
RICHARD COOKE1; MICHAEL BARKHAM1; KERRY AUDIN1; MARGARET BRADLEY1
Journal of Further and Higher Education, Volume 28, Number 4, 2004.
Abstract: Experiences reported by students from different social class backgrounds who
have recently graduated from university.
Social class differences in social support among older adults
N Krause and E Borawski-Clark, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education,
University of Michigan, School of Public Health. - The Gerontologist, Vol 35.
The influence of social class background on childhood sport involvement.
Hasbrook, C. A.
Embodying social class - The link between poverty, income inequality and health
Stephen M. Rose, Stephanie Hatzenbuehler, School of Social Work at the University of New
International Social Work, Vol. 52, No. 4, 459-471 (2009)
The relationship between social class and childrearing behaviors: parents'
perspective taking and value orientations
Dekovic, Maja, Gerris, Jan R.M., Janssens, Jan M.A.M.
National Council of Family Relations, Journal of Marriage and the Family.
Social Class Influences on Black American Ideological Beliefs from 1980 to 2003
Destin, Mesmin. and Griffin, Tiffany.
Social Class and Undergraduate Degree Subject in the UK
Massimiliano Bratti, Università degli Studi di Milano - DEAS; Institute for the Study of
Reducing Racial And Social-Class Inequalities In Health: The Need For A New
S. Leonard Syme - Health Affairs, 27, no. 2 (2008): 456-459.
Inequalities in health related to social class in women: What is the effect of the
BORRELL, Carme; ROHLFS, Izabella; ARTAZCOZ, Lucía and MUNTANER, Carles.
Gaceta Sanitaria, Gac Sanit [online]. 2004, vol.18, suppl.2, pp. 75-82.
Social class in childhood and general health in adulthood: questionnaire study of
contribution of psychological attributes
Hans Bosma, senior researcher, H Dike van de Mheen, senior researcher, Johan P Mackenbach,
Erasmus University Rotterdam, Department of Public Health.
Social Class and Ageing Bodies: Understanding Physical Activity in Later Life
Alex Dumasa and Suzanne Labergeb - Social Theory & Health (2005) 3, 183205.