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:
- unemployed minorities and nationals,
- poor blue collar working minorities and nationals,
- higher blue collar working minorities and nationals,
- white collar working minorities and nationals, and
- 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.