Does Class Still Matter?

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  • DOES CLASS STILL MATTER?
    • Marxism
      • bourgeoisie vs proletariat = impacted life chances
      • b exploits p
      • class does impact your life still
    • Neo-Marxism (Bourdieu)
      • higher classes have higher capitals
      • these capitals impact life chances so class does still matter
    • Functionalism
      • society based on meritocracy
      • money and status are rewarded based on merit so class doesn't matter
    • Postmodernism (Pakulski + Waters)
      • class is much less of an influence on our identities now
      • consumption based now rather than production
    • Hutton
      • decline in TU membership etc has eroded working class identity

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