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Generally, the concept of class is used in the analyses of social divisions based on the unequal distribution of economic or material resources. People are grouped into different classes according to their relative positions in an economically based hierarchy. In contemporary class analysis, a person’s occupation is often used as an indicator of their class position, not least because of the relationship between level of occupation and level of pay. Arguably, there is broad agreement that classes are based, at least to some extent, on the differential distribution of material resources. Beyond this, however, the concept of class is a highly contested one. Aside from differing views as to how class should be defined and measured, there has been debate as to the continued ...