Post # 1
As a spin-off to the “Are you marrying into a different class?” question yesterday, I wondered how you define class.
Definitions of class vary from country to country and even person to person, so it’s something that has always fascinated me.
Post # 3
-Educational background, primarily
-Socio-economic upbringing, secondarily
ETA: this also goes for other family members and what generations completely what education levels (ie: I strongly believe extended family members (parents/aunts/uncles) education level influence the next generation (ie: they are more likely to pursue higher education). Also, if there are trust funds involved (from parents or grandparents who did well) it allows for different opportunities than for kids that didn’t have that exposure/opportunity.
Post # 5
I thinly its much more socioeconomic than education based. The education is often a result of the family’s socioeconomic status. I think socioeconomic status while growing up has a huge impact on the way we make decisions about money and spending as a adults. Not everyone has the same spending habits as their parents, but I think priorities and basic lifestyle and standard of living are heavily influenced by socioeconomic group that you grow up in.
Post # 6
I guess I was meaning where you personally draw the lines that define social class to you.
Post # 7
Education, Financial status and social graces.
Post # 8
Great question. In the US, it’s usually a combination of education, wealth, and occupational status. (IMO)
So, someone who is a manual laborer in a factory or construction, but who pulls in a middle-range income – I think s/he could be defined either as middle or working-class, depending on the context.
I also think it’s changing…there are a lot more white-collar, educated people who are really struggling to stay afloat financially.
Post # 9
Hmm, I think in America most people define “class” by your SES status (in other words, how much money you have and also job prestige). Since we don’t have an idea of a noble or aristocratic class, it’s generally just conceptualized by money (whether that holds true or not I don’t really know, but I think this is the most common mind-set about it). I know when I say “oh I’m upper-middle-class” I’m solely referencing my SES-status (or really, that which I was raised in since I’m a poor student for now lol). My father grew up extremely poor, but now he’s in a really good financial place and I’d describe him as upper-middle-class…for me its a money thing rather than much else.
Post # 10
While I agree that socioeconomic standing is the major deciding factor of class, I think social graces also play an important role. I’ve met a number of families who had money but had absolutely no “class” or social skills. I think that bumps them down in the class structure. Some people are just trashy to the core and no amount of money can make up for that.
Post # 11
@bells: “Education, Financial status and social graces.”