Ah, the British class system, said to be so complicated that not even we ourselves understand it.
Traditionally falling into the categories of working, middle or upper class,some say it isn't just a matter of the type of job you do, where you live or even how much you earn so much as it is about attitude, of who you are.
Or is it as ex-prime minister Tony Blair once famously said .....
We're all middle class now.
Hmm, well that's all as clear as mud.
And yet it has to be more simple than the latest model that sociologists have come up with, doesn't it?
No longer upper, middle or working class it now seems we are one of seven groups.
- Elite: This is the most privileged class in Great Britain who have high levels of all three capitals. Their high amount of economic capital sets them apart from everyone else.
- Established Middle Class: Members of this class have high levels of all three capitals although not as high as the Elite. They are a gregarious and culturally engaged class.
- Technical Middle Class: This is a new, small class with high economic capital but seem less culturally engaged. They have relatively few social contacts and so are less socially engaged.
- New Affluent Workers: This class has medium levels of economic capital and higher levels of cultural and social capital. They are a young and active group.
- Emergent Service Workers: This new class has low economic capital but has high levels of 'emerging' cultural capital and high social capital. This group are young and often found in urban areas.
- Traditional Working Class: This class scores low on all forms of the three capitals although they are not the poorest group. The average age of this class is older than the others.
- Precariat: This is the most deprived class of all with low levels of economic, cultural and social capital. The everyday lives of members of this class are precarious.
Young? Lets just leave it that I'm young at heart, shall we?
Active? More so mentally than physically but I guess they are getting more at politically and socially active etc.
Has medium levels of economic capital and higher levels of cultural and social capital? Not so sure about the medium levels of economic capital and, to be honest, I'm not 100% sure what they mean about higher levels of cultural and social capital but hey it sounds good.
Yes, according to THIS TESTon the BBC News website I'm of the New Affluent Worker class, what about you?
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