How are social classes defined?

Social classes are prevalent in nearly every society. They can be defined in numerous ways including economic, cultural, religious or political status.

Economic status

Cultural status

Educational status

Political status

Economic, political, cultural and educational capital are all equally important in defining social class

While Karl Marx's model for a capitalist society is often the most reached for to explain social classes, recent surveys reveal that social class in the UK is defined by much more than your income. Social classes have become more complex with the rise in technology and the de-industrialised workspace.

New class structure in modern Britain is dependent on both social and economic capital

Different facets work in tandem to create a person's class identity. One aspect of social capital does cannot be championed as the sole reason for defining a certain social class - this is too prescriptive.
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