The results of a very large survey on class have been announced in the UK. It turns out that there’s seven basic distinct class levels. According to the article-
The new classes are defined as:
Elite – the most privileged group in the UK, distinct from the other six classes through its wealth. This group has the highest levels of all three capitals
Established middle class – the second wealthiest, scoring highly on all three capitals. The largest and most gregarious group, scoring second highest for cultural capital
Technical middle class – a small, distinctive new class group which is prosperous but scores low for social and cultural capital. Distinguished by its social isolation and cultural apathy
New affluent workers – a young class group which is socially and culturally active, with middling levels of economic capital
Traditional working class – scores low on all forms of capital, but is not completely deprived. Its members have reasonably high house values, explained by this group having the oldest average age at 66
Emergent service workers – a new, young, urban group which is relatively poor but has high social and cultural capital
Precariat, or precarious proletariat – the poorest, most deprived class, scoring low for social and cultural capital
Notice that this goes well beyond the usual “upper, middle, and lower classes” that we’re all used to seeing, and that it brings not only financial considerations, but also social and cultural ones to the table.
I think this is a good step. Class is primarily wealth and power, but it does go beyond that, and I’m happy to see that being explored.
For the record, I have no idea where I’d fit on this scale. Anyone wanna put in their two cents on where they fit in?