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social class

a grouping of people with similar values, interests, income, education, and occupations.

social class

1. Social standing or position. Synonym: socioeconomic status
2. A group of people with shared culture, privilege, or position.
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Capitalism's class structure is likewise not systemically changed, even if we replace boards of directors privately elected by shareholders with boards of state officials instead.
Yet while the US capitalist class structure prospered, the class structures elsewhere--for example, the feudal class structures inside millions of US households--collapsed.
Adjusting mortality assumptions for individuals electing not to move up and for substandard applicants protected by the ratchet rule are important actuarial challenges for this class structure.
Finally, at the bottom of the class structure, says Anderson, were "the very poor who worked sporadically if at all: Du Bois's 'submerged tenth.
The real pest of the new millennium will be the "double diamond" class structure, maintains Robert Perrucci, professor of sociology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.
But, according to these same standards, Indians were no part of a class structure.
At all levels of the class structure, we are motivated, as Barbara Ehrenreich put it some years ago, by "fear of falling" Accounts of downsizing captured the nation's imagination in the 1990s: the laid-off plant manager who clung to his aging Mercedes, suspenders, and sprawling suburban home, depleting his retirement fund in the process; the divorced engraving company employee clutching the remnants of her middle-class existence but reduced to burying her food in the snow in the yard because she could not afford a new refrigerator; unemployed aerospace workers waging a daily battle not to lose their homes and slip into the scary world of poverty.
The class structure of a modern capitalist society is far more complex, however, than this threefold division suggests.
Abandoning the class structure as its aspirational system, fashion in this lifetime necessarily admires and assumes diversity, wherein style begins.
Since application design is a well-known activity, we will concentrate on the specification of the variable aspects, on the design of a (local) class structure that provides each with the required variability, and on how to transform a (global) class structure for generalization.
Gibson's future world has a rigid class structure, in which today's widening gap between rich and poor becomes much more pronounced.
Novelist and industrialist whose sophisticated satires mirrored the changing class structure in post-World War II English society.