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Class

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Classes are social groups defined by the economic circumstances of individuals and households. Members of classes may differ in their social and political attitudes, behaviors, lifestyles, income, and wealth. Nonetheless, class groups do have an influence on how one defines oneself. In fact, it could be argued that there is no way to conceive of social groups characterized by their class distinction except with respect to how they construct and define their identities. Much contemporary research about class draws ...

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