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Is class still relevant in today's society

How you fit into society in Britain has been defined for many years by class but is this a very outdated way of viewing things? Years ago people were defined as being upper class, middle class or working class. There was a correlation between wealth and where one fitted into the class structure. With wealth came priviledges including education, access to medicines and doctors and a lifestyle that was enjoyable. In contrast those at the lower end of the scale had to work hard to just survive and had a lower life expectancy as a result.

Although there are not such clear distinctions these days there are still elements of the class system that still exist. With the austerity measures that were introduced over the past few years I think the rich have done comparatively better than the poorer members of society which may have more clearly defined class boundaries. In Sweden where I used to live there was much less evidence of differences between people in their society partly due to peoples wages not being vastly different. Not many people were very rich but equally not many were very poor. In all it made for a happier society.

Is the class system still relevant today? I don't think so but it still exists.

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Comments

LadyDuck wrote on June 12, 2014, 6:39 AM

This depends where you live and your work, unfortunately class is still relevant, nothing has changed.

Ravenmount wrote on June 12, 2014, 7:11 PM

In the US it was always a bit muddier, but there is still class distinction between upper, middle and lower classes here, even if not quite like in Britain. You notice it when you are on a fringe, like my family is- the middle class part,in which I grew up, has certain standards of cleanliness and decorum that the lower class segments of the family never had, which causes lots of tension some times. I'm just glad we don't have any upper class family ties to make it even more complicated!