Social Classes: The Western Contemporary Situation

I have written the article on social mobility a couple of days ago and I realised that Social Classes should have their own part of this website. I have gathered a short explanation and have structured a list to emphasize what social classes are active today.

We no longer live in simple times when we’d look at a lower, middle, and high class. Marx was lucky to split people in categories, then label them with different goals, and vouch that revolution is the way to go forward. Firstly, this world is itself no longer what Marx knew. Secondly, the world now is far from being singular. We are living in a plural, migrative West. ‘Foreigners’ are a big part of every country and migration has no stigma attached anymore. In theory, there is equal access to jobs and each country has non-discriminatory laws in place.  Roughly, one can argue that the West accepts everyone in the same way, no matter where they are from.

But being a foreigner is very important when analysing cultural values. Even though the West is hybrid (cultures mixed together, ‘glocalisation’ – see Robertson 1997), the micro-level analysis tells us about differences in understanding, behaving in different situations, actions being taken differently, perspectives on the quality of life differ as well, etc. And although the West ‘pushes’ for equality in all sorts of ways, we must split the population in a way because we need to give ourselves the means to analyse people’s purposes and eventually see through to improving living standards.

I have previously claimed that the West is split in:

  1. unemployed minorities and nationals,
  2. poor blue collar working minorities and nationals,
  3. higher blue collar working minorities and nationals,
  4. white collar working minorities and nationals, and
  5. high-class minorities and nationals.

As I argued, the blue collar working class is split in poor and less poor because the first refers to individuals working in sanitation services and services like cleaning, while the latter refers to manual labour in construction or better-paid labouring jobs. The latter category, high-class, refers to families who inherit their economic and social status.

This categorisation should satisfy the current western world and therefore one can see how we are all so different from each other and we all live in different ‘boxes’ within the same system.

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Creativity is in all sorts of fields and I am trying my best to show that even the academic sphere can be made interesting and that social sciences can be understood by everyone, regardless of their background! In my opinion, we, social scientists, abuse the use of jargon and referencing. Our core aim should be making everyone understand ‘what we are on about’, and yet academia forces students to deprive themselves of originality and take for granted that a social scientist must always refer to past-theories and if one would think different, refer to other theories in order to contradict the first. But this is not always the case, is it? I will disagree with a theory through my own seeing of the reality, there is no reference but me for that! Societies change at such a fast rate and sources of research have changed since the 1800s, so then, if I may ask, why be bound to always refer to such past dates? I have written a full article here (click) as well and I will always argue that “The reality begins where we state facts of individuals living through a given period, where individuals of a society confirm the theory”. This website is supposed to showcase creative sociology, with articles written for everyone to grasp, topics that are intriguing, and conclusions that may defy the common belief. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, requirements for topics to be covered, or any help in understanding social processes. [Note] allebsart does not share its work, workload, or meaning with anyone or any other business. [/Note]
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