(Original post by Ra Ra Ra)
I think what makes it really confusing (for me, anyway) is that my mum has what's seen as a lower-middle class job (administrative work) but she's a single parent and the household income's £20,000. Which got me thinking: am I middle class because her job's not white collar, or am I working class because I was born working class (both my parents were unemployed at the time of my birth and living in a caravan), and my household income's rather low?
People often feel like they "move up" into the middle class if they have even quite humble white collar jobs. I doubt this is true in reality; they have nothing much in common with lawyers, doctors or BBC executives. So unless for cultural reasons you really feel Middle, it sounds like you are Working Class. Just my view.
According to my family background I'd probably be categorised as upper-middle class or slightly above (maybe something in between upper middle and upper), but as I'm just about to start university and did not have time to establish myself I refuse to classify myself.
(Original post by EffieFlowers)
Students can't really defined under the socio-economic class system....
And to go by your family is wrong, this isn't a caste system.
But seeing as I'm on a gap year, and I'm a bakers assistant, working claaassssssssssss!
I know what you mean, but the reality is that when we are students, our lives are often very much shaped by our background, including class - not just income, but our outlook, views, dress, attitudes, accent, manners - there's a lot to it.
Denying all this is a possibility but not particularly realistic I suspect. Of course, you can change and develop yourself in different directions but the Class of your upbringing has a huge effect.
(Original post by Mtice)
My parents are, yes. Upper class in England means more than just being rich and we don't meet those "criteria".
Yes, but it puts you above the Middle Class. You are probably thinking of criteria like titles, stately homes, etc, but those only apply to the traditional Upper Class. There is a new Owning Class of big business people, very wealthy city traders, etc. You clearly belong to that. Don't try hiding in the Middle!