Visualising Class Structures is a PowerPoint Presentation, designed for whole-class teaching, that features visual representations of ten different class structures / variations, accompanied by some of the key ideas involved in each classification. Brief background Notes for teachers are also included with each slide.
The current presentation has been updated (2019) to include Savage’s “7 Class Model”, most notable for its introduction of the “Precariat” and construction around 3 types of capital (economic, social and cultural).
There’s also now a further updated version available that features a user-friendly menu system (see below).
The slides are intended to be a visual backdrop teachers can use to introduce / discuss different class structures: from the classic Pyramid or Pentagon, through Neo-Marxist relational structures to contemporary (a little bit postmodern) idea like Polarised Convergence and Flatlining.
The original Presentation was simply a set of slides you advanced one after the other, something that was functional but limited. If you didn’t want to discuss particular types of class structure you either had to manually edit them out of the Presentation or click-on-through until you reached the slide you wanted to discuss.
While, quite frankly, this was no biggie, I thought it might be helpful to add a menu to the Presentation so that you can select the slides you want your students to see.
To make the menu less intrusive, you can make it appear as-and-when it’s needed (just click the star at the top of the screen to make it appear, click inside the menu box to make it disappear).