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    People in the UK now fit into seven social classes, a major survey conducted by the BBC suggests.

    It says the traditional categories of working, middle and upper class are outdated, fitting 39% of people.

    It found a new model of seven social classes ranging from the elite at the top to a "precariat" - the poor, precarious proletariat - at the bottom.
    A sociology professor at Manchester University has claimed that this structure provides a more "sophisticated and nuanced" picture of the British class system than the standard 'upper, middle, and working class' system. So which fits you best?

    • Elite - the most privileged group in the UK, distinct from the other six classes through its wealth. This group has the highest levels of all three capitals
    • Established middle class - the second wealthiest, scoring highly on all three capitals. The largest and most gregarious group, scoring second highest for cultural capital
    • Technical middle class - a small, distinctive new class group which is prosperous but scores low for social and cultural capital. Distinguished by its social isolation and cultural apathy
    • New affluent workers - a young class group which is socially and culturally active, with middling levels of economic capital
    • Traditional working class - scores low on all forms of capital, but is not completely deprived. Its members have reasonably high house values, explained by this group having the oldest average age at 66
    • Emergent service workers - a new, young, urban group which is relatively poor but has high social and cultural capital
    • Precariat, or precarious proletariat - the poorest, most deprived class, scoring low for social and cultural capital


    Here is a calculator that can help you decide.
 
 
 
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