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  • Published: 4 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241004227
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $27.99

Social Class in the 21st Century




A fresh take on social class from the experts behind 'The Great British Class Survey'

Social class has re-emerged as a topic of enormous scholarly and public attention. In this book, Mike Savage and the team of sociologists responsible for the Great British Class Survey report their definitive findings and propose a new way of thinking about social class in Britain today.

The book presents the ideas and facts behind their new conceptualization of class: a new British class system composed of seven classes that reflect the unequal distribution of three kinds of capital: economic (inequalities in income and wealth); social (the different kinds of people we know) and cultural (the ways in which our leisure and cultural preferences are exclusive).

This book looks beyond labels to explore how and why our society is changing and what this means for the people who find themselves in the margins as well as in the centre.

  • Published: 4 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241004227
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480
  • RRP: $27.99

Praise for Social Class in the 21st Century

This endlessly fascinating study... is indispensable if you want to understand modern Britain

Rod Liddle, Sunday Times

A fascinating read, going deep into the interplay between wealth, culture and society, and making the strong case that traditional class divisions don't really help us to understand these forces any more . . . anybody in the UK discussing class henceforth will need to get this down of the shelf

Hugo Rifkind, Times

Convincing and fascinating . . . this book marshals impressive evidence to show how inequality is increasing.

Robert Colvile, Telegraph

There's something for everybody here . . . it will start many conversations

Evening Standard