Self-identification and Class Consciousness
Is one's class membership, then, determined by the feeling that. one belongs in a particular class or by the facts of occupation, education, and income? Largely by the latter, for they determine one's overall way of life. Yet the feeling of class identification is of some importance, for one tends to copy the behavior norms of the class with which one identifies. Eulau  found that those informants who placed themselves in a class in . which they did not objectively belong shared the political attitudes of the class they claimed rather than those, of the class in which they . belonged. Self-identification with a social class has some effect upon behavior, whether one actually is a member of that class or not. When asked their class identity, few Americans select either "lower class" or "upper class." They usually divide themselves between "working class" and "middle Class" [Kriesburg, 1979, p. 307; Goertzel, 1979, p. 66].