譯者按:現代的社會學階級模型之一是被稱為薩維奇-迪文模型(Savage-Devine model)的包括7個階級的社會模型。這一社會模型根據一個人或者其家庭的經濟資本(ökonomisches Kapital)、社會資本(soziales Kapital)、和文化資本(kulturelles Kapital;姨學家應該很熟悉這一概念)。BBC的這篇2013年的文章是科普性質的總結。論文原文傳送門在此:https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0038038513481128

Huge survey reveals seven social classes in UK

3 April 2013


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It says the traditional categories of working, middle and upper class are outdated, fitting 39% of people.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


More than 161,000 people took part in the Great British Class Survey, the largest study of class in the UK.


Class has traditionally been defined by occupation, wealth and education. But this research argues that this is too simplistic, suggesting that class has three dimensions - economic, social and cultural.


The BBC Lab UK study measured economic capital - income, savings, house value - and social capital - the number and status of people someone knows.


The study also measured cultural capital, defined as the extent and nature of cultural interests and activities.


The new classes are defined as:


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


The researchers said while the elite group had been identified before, this is the first time it had been placed within a wider analysis of the class structure, as it was normally put together with professionals and managers.


At the opposite extreme they said the precariat, the poorest and most deprived grouping, made up 15% of the population.



Professor of sociology at Manchester University, Fiona Devine, said the survey really gave a sense of class in 21st Century Britain.

曼徹斯特大學社會學教授菲奧娜·迪瓦恩(Fiona Devine)說,這項調查確實揭示了21世紀英國人的階級概念。

"What it allows us is to understand is a more sophisticated, nuanced picture of what class is like now.


"It shows us there is still a top and a bottom, at the top we still have an elite of very wealthy people and at the bottom the poor, with very little social and cultural engagement," she said.


"It's what's in the middle which is really interesting and exciting, there's a much more fuzzy area between the traditional working class and traditional middle class.


"There's the emergent workers and the new affluent workers who are different groups of people who won't necessarily see themselves as working or middle class.


"The survey has really allowed us to drill down and get a much more complete picture of class in modern Britain."


The researchers also found the established middle class made up 25% of the population and was the largest of all the class groups, with the traditional working class now only making up 14% of the population.


They say the new affluent workers and emergent service workers appear to be the children of the "traditional working class," which they say has been fragmented by de-industrialisation, mass unemployment, immigration and the restructuring of urban space.


BBC Lab UK worked with Prof Mike Savage of the London School of Economics and Prof Devine on the study.

英國廣播公司實驗室(BBC Lab UK)與倫敦經濟學院的麥克·薩維奇(Mike Savage)教授和迪文(Devine)教授共同進行了這項研究。

The findings have been published in the Sociology Journal and presented at a conference of the British Sociological Association on Wednesday.


Researchers asked a series of questions about income, house value, savings, cultural and leisure activities and the occupations of friends.


They were able to determine a person's economic, social and cultural capital scores from the answers and analysed the scores to create its class system.


The GBCS was launched online in January 2011, but data showed participants were predominantly drawn from the well-educated social groups.


To overcome this a second identical survey was run with a survey company GFK, with a sample of people representing the population of the UK as a whole, using the information in parallel.


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