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Social class in later lifePower, identity and lifestyle$
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Marvin Formosa and Paul Higgs

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300588

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300588.001.0001

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Social class structures and social mobility: the background context

Social class structures and social mobility: the background context

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Social class in later life

Wendy Bottero

Policy Press

Class analysis is concerned with how patterns of advantage (and disadvantage) are transmitted and reproduced over time. However, the passage of time (such as the life-course transitions associated with ageing, cohort changes from one generation to the next, and longer-term socio-economic changes) makes the question of how class inequalities endure a complicated one. This chapter examines how change over time requires us to rethink the nature of class inequalities, by taking a closer look at the relationship between ‘class’ and culture, lifestyle and taste. It considers how social change in post-industrial societies has created a challenge for how we think about ‘class’, and led some to claim that ‘class is dead’. It then explores the counter-reaction by theorists who argue that ‘class’ today has a changed and increasingly cultural dynamic, with class inequalities reproduced through affluence and consumption practices and existing within processes of individualisation.

Keywords:   class inequalities, social change, cultural class analysis, affluence, social mobility

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