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    Elite
    28
    14.43%
    Established middle class
    47
    24.23%
    Technical middle class
    47
    24.23%
    New affluent workers
    20
    10.31%
    Traditional working class
    10
    5.15%
    Emergent service workers
    21
    10.82%
    Precariat
    21
    10.82%

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    The calculator is quite crap tbh.

    The culture category itself is fairly arbitrary. I mean, I tick most of those boxes, and I think it is mostly based on the stereotypes that the elite listen to classical music, watch operas and go to stately homes whilst the poor/middle class listen to rap and rock and generally don't go to museums or places that are considered "cultured" such as museums, art galleries and the theatre.
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    (Original post by Hal.E.Lujah)
    Well tell me what was inaccurate then, or if you can't then at least admit you read my post and got angry at the mention of bankers being able to influence society :rolleyes:
    lol...it was an example of the examples you mentioned. I could have said that only the very high level euro politicians can influence policy only a bit. Normal MEPs or technocrat's influence is negligible. You understand now bro?
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    (Original post by Imayormaynotexist)
    I came out (using my family not my statistics) as elite, so I'm pretty sure there's something wrong with the calculator, cause I'd say we were middle class. "Knows a wide variety of people, family has attended private educational institutions and university, appreciates cultural shows such as theatre"- sure. Elite class? No way. I'd say elite was more aristocracy and the (classy) ultra-rich. The non classy billionaires are in a league of their own.

    Using my own (rather than my parents) figures, I came out as traditional working class! Then again, I don't think this quiz was very well geared to under 21s and when I took it a second time I discounted all activities (such as going to the opera) and all finances to do with my parents . I enjoyed the quiz, but I'm not British and class has little bearing on my day-to-day life.

    Interesting that I came out in two completely different places!
    Haha it is the exact same with me, my family was classified as elite, but I would say we were middle class, when I think of elite I think of Richard Branson.( I do not know why?) For example my dad just bought shares in a hotel which he paid £700k in cash so we have already filled three of the elites sections... I also came out as traditional working class, probably because I am 15 so I do not have much savings or any properties....
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    (Original post by tjf8)
    I doubt the proletariat would have high social capital, as this is defined in the survey as "the number and status of people someone knows."
    What am I even doing on this forum. I'm supposed to revise for my natsci Cambridge offer.

    Anyway, I find the class division to be the greatest scourge of this nation. I would classify it a bit differently though: unskilled-skilled, lower-middle-upper middle, and the upper, so 6 social classes, which can be really stretched into 2 classes if we wanted to be really philosophical about it.

    Will this ever end?
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    Emergent service worker...

    This result depresses me so I'm just going to say the whole thing is *******s.
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    (Original post by Lakesx)
    Haha it is the exact same with me, my family was classified as elite, but I would say we were middle class, when I think of elite I think of Richard Branson.( I do not know why?) For example my dad just bought shares in a hotel which he paid £700k in cash so we have already filled three of the elites sections... I also came out as traditional working class, probably because I am 15 so I do not have much savings or any properties....
    :eek:
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    (Original post by ConsciousWorker)
    What am I even doing on this forum. I'm supposed to revise for my natsci Cambridge offer.

    Anyway, I find the class division to be the greatest scourge of this nation. I would classify it a bit differently though: unskilled-skilled, lower-middle-upper middle, and the upper, so 6 social classes, which can be really stretched into 2 classes if we wanted to be really philosophical about it.

    Will this ever end?
    I think if you think everyone can be realistically put into two categories then you don't know enough people. Although you could make a case for those with a natsci Cambridge offer vs those without a natsci Cambridge offer.
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    My result is different if I put in that I am ( or will be) a home owner to when I put in that I rent.

    As a home owner : Established middle class

    Renting my home: Emergent service worker

    Personally I think of myself as working class.
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    (Original post by Imperial_Maniac)
    Emergent service worker...

    This result depresses me so I'm just going to say the whole thing is *******s.
    It's just a catch all for those who are too young and not yet established enough to fall into the old class system.

    I wouldn't pay attention to it- it covers retail workers to young lawyers irrespective of your family background.


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    Emergent service worker

    Sounds about right from description.

    I am in the genetically elite class though.
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    (Original post by tjf8)
    I think if you think everyone can be realistically put into two categories then you don't know enough people. Although you could make a case for those with a natsci Cambridge offer vs those without a natsci Cambridge offer.
    Depends on what you want to achieve with a class analysis.
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    Can I just say, at the very top of society, one's class and one's money are separate things.
    As much as the media will have people believe that the prince's socialise with Celebrities, I would say that they don't. Celebrities may have money and the public may see them as a part of that 'Class'... but they're not really.
    For example, I would imagine that there are some old families knocking around who no longer have money- but are still within their social circles. When I say, no longer have money, what I mean is that there houses and land may have been sold off many years before- and they do still have 'money'... but their income may be derived from working, rather than the land.
    I would bet maybe £10,000 (If I had it, which I don't because I'm not one of them) that a kid who went to Harrow or Eton even on a 100% Scholarship would be better connected than a business man who was socially mobile after 10 years of their career, even if their household income and assets value was exactly the same.
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    Emergent service worker.

    Now let's do this again as the kind of person I would like to be in the future:

    Traditional working class.

    Hmm, interesting.
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    (Original post by Martyn*)
    I'm precariat. I would consider myself more cultured than a lot of affluents.
    same, I was in precariat and I'm pretty sure I know a lot about culture than the most people. freaking stereotypes.
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    Not sure this really works, apparently I'm 'elite'! Neither of my parents have degrees, yes they earn a reasonable amount, but still certainly not in the top few percent of earners! I live in a normal house and go to a state school... Hmmm, may have to try the longer survey...
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    Established middle class. It's not really surprising, but none of my family or me went to university so there's a little flaw I spotted in their definition of it.
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    'New Affluent Worker'

    description seems about right for me, but I don't think this really works well for students.
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    I did the more accurate test:

    YOUR RESULTS
    You scored 22/100 for economic capital
    Your financial resources are lower than the average person in the UK. Find out more below.
    You scored 20/100 for social capital
    Your social network is narrower than the average person in the UK. Find out more below.
    You scored 30/100 for cultural capital
    Your range of cultural interests is narrower than the average person in the UK. Find out more below.
    Your 'coat-of-arms'
    We’ve used your results to create a fun, personalised 'coat-of-arms'. See below, or use the panel at the top right of this page to navigate around your results.

    Now how I'd like things to be:

    YOUR RESULTS
    You scored 47/100 for economic capital
    Your financial resources are about the same as the average person in the UK. Find out more below.
    You scored 100/100 for social capital
    Your social network is wider than the average person in the UK. Find out more below.
    You scored 100/100 for cultural capital
    Your range of cultural interests is broader than the average person in the UK. Find out more below.
    Your 'coat-of-arms'
    We’ve used your results to create a fun, personalised 'coat-of-arms'. See below, or use the panel at the top right of this page to navigate around your results.
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    (Original post by RikersIsland)
    same, I was in precariat and I'm pretty sure I know a lot about culture than the most people. freaking stereotypes.
    Sometimes when you are earning lots of money, or even only a modicum of money, you have little or no time to appreciate culture or develop individuality. We are creating wealth but that is all we are doing. We call this culture, capitalism, industry, work, conformity. Is it really? When we are not doing these things we squander time, and a lot of work anyway is squandered time. What do the middle classes do? Go on holiday and read newspapers. This is culture to them!
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    (Original post by Martyn*)
    Sometimes when you are earning lots of money, or even only a modicum of money, you have little or no time to appreciate culture or develop individuality. We are creating wealth but that is all we are doing. We call this culture, capitalism, industry, work, conformity. Is it really? When we are not doing these things we squander time, and a lot of work anyway is squandered time. What do the middle classes do? Go on holiday and read newspapers. This is culture to them!
    What is culture to you?
 
 
 
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