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Class and Masculinity
Class and masculinity

Students of gender tend only to see gender; class analysts tend only to see social classes. The research questions are often crudely put as being questions of gender or class instead of asking how gender and class interact in the lives of historically situated social groups.

—Marianne Gullestad (1992, p. 62)

Class is one of a number of social hierarchies or systems of social stratification that have represented core elements in sociological analysis. Other systems include slavery and caste and feudal systems, and these are usually seen as being distinct from class relationships in that they are associated with particular historical epochs or geographical areas. Class stratification is seen as the form most closely associated with industrial and capitalist societies, although elements ...

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