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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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In capitalist societies, four attitudinal dimensions of class interests are central: attitudes towards ownership of productive property; markets as arenas for securing economic outcomes; and forms of collective action associated with trade unions and strike behaviour.
This view, while it is accurate as far as it goes, sets his analytical framework at an angle to that of Marxists who treat the transition from central planning to privatization and the market as a result of the class interests of the Soviet elite for whom the Gorbachev reforms created the conditions in which a pro-capitalist coalition could seize the means of production.
Arnold's alien is the person with the moral capacity to think and act against himself, against his class interests. The historical evidence for Arnold's view of the existence of class aliens, if not of the best self (they are not necessarily equivalent) is abundant.
Western politicians' fears represented wise caution in dealing with a revisionist power, not merely purblind class interest as Carley would have us believe.
The final power of capitalism as a global system lies in the politics of the conservative fraction of the nationalist petty-bourgeoisie that chooses to adapt to transnational capitalism because that route promotes its own class interests.
The first basic question is what are the consequences for the wider society of a movement composed of incompatible class interests. The current nationalist movement is composed of a wide alliance of labour, business, and community interests.
It is about four kinds of interests: 1) competitors of successful firms who want to hamstring their rivals, appropriate part of their businesses, or turn the clock back so they can re-run the race; 2) companies blown by the winds of technological change and looking for ways to nullify their disadvantage; 3) the personal ambitions of antitrust enforcers, who do not prosper in quiet times; and 4) the class interests of the legal profession, which are served by a combination of activist bias and mushy theories.
goal is to locate, say, at the intersection of a heterodox nobility and the genre of romantic comedy, successful and failed attempts at appropriation, moments when a representation of hospitality becomes useful, strategically and tactically, for a narrowly defined class interest which either succeeds or fails at turning [appropriating] that representation for its own ends" (25-26; emphasis Palmer's).
It is the first time in our history that an environment secretary who favors the interests of fisherfolk and ordinary people, over the narrow and class interest of the few oligarchs, has been appointed.
Tbe middle class thus defined itself as a class by attacking class interest as narrow, greedy, and self-serving.
A more acceptable explanation attributes the policies of African leaders to the development of a common class interest with international capital.
This embodies an effective oligarchy, but the oligarchy did not represent a class interest per se, but rather reproduced the notion of the body politic.