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Class and the Perception of Class

Lionel S. Lewis
Social Forces
Vol. 42, No. 3 (Mar., 1964), pp. 336-340
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/2575538
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2575538
Page Count: 5
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Class and the Perception of Class
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Abstract

This paper reports research in which it was found that lower class persons see fewer social classes than those in the middle or upper class. It would not appear that this finding can be attributed to the tendency of lower class individuals to use fewer categories or to general sociological concomitants of lower class life. It is suggested that this is instead due to an attempt at self-elevation: those near the top would enhance their social position by seeing many categories, while those near the bottom would enhance theirs by seeing few.

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