Class identities and Class Niches

An interesting aspect of changing class structures in late-modernity is the various ways different strata seek to carve out class identities and niches – with the middle-classes in particular seeking to distance themselves from their “social inferiors” in a range of novel ways:

  • from “moral disgust” (the working class as “disgusted subjects”)
  • to well-developed “taste cultures” (distinctions based on highly subjective, ill-defined, criteria used create arbitrary social distinctions).
  • Recent media hand-wringing about “snobbery” is an interesting dimension to this debate – one that also links neatly into debates about the myth of classlessness…

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