Social class facts for kids
Social class refers to the hierarchical distinctions between individuals or groups in societies or cultures.
Not all societies have social classes. Scientist have found no proof for hierarchical power structures during Stone Age.
Determinants of class
In societies where classes exist, one's class is determined largely by:
- education and qualifications
- income, personal, household and per capita
- wealth, including the ownership of land, property, means of production, et cetera
- family background.
In the United Kingdom there are upper class, middle class, working class and underclass people.
- Constitutional economics
- Class struggle
- Household income in the United States
- Social status
- Working class
Images for kids
Nigerian warriors armed with spears in the retinue of a mounted war chief. The Earth and Its Inhabitants, 1892
A symbolic image of three orders of feudal society in Europe prior to the French Revolution, which shows the rural third estate carrying the clergy and the nobility
In many countries, the lowest stratum of the working class, the underclass, often lives in urban areas with low-quality civil services
Equestrian portrait of Empress Elizabeth of Russia with a Moor servant