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What problems are associated with trying to measure social class?

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GCSE Sociology

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What problems are associated with trying to measure social class?

The main problem with trying to measure social class is that the term social class is

most controversial. Therefore the way in which it is measured will vary according to

how it is defined. Many theorists argue that the question of how to measure social

class cannot be separated from the question of class-consciousness.

Thompson believed that social class would only exist if there were class-

consciousness. By this he meant "class is only class if you believe that you belong to

a certain class". What this meant was that individuals in the same class situation share a sense of their common interest, and thus think or behave in a similar manner. Whereas Marx believed that class was identified according to an individuals relationship to the dominant mode of production. He believed that the "two great classes" of a capitalist society were the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. The bourgeoisie were those who were the owners and controllers of the means of production ands the proletariat were those who only had their own labour power, which they were forced

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