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Self-identification and Class Consciousness

Most sociologists consider social class a reality even if people are not fully aware of it. American democratic beliefs emphasize equality and tend to inhibit a frank recognition of class lines.

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 [1956] 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].

Posted on September 4, 2014 in Social Class

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