UBC Think Sociology! | Volume 2, Issue 8 Spring 2017

Perceptions of Inequality and Social Class

by Edward Haddon

“Class is the mortar between these aspects [status-based indicators such as education, income or occupation] and they should be separated if the perceptions people hold of their societies are to be fully understood.”

Phys.org | April 8, 2016

Britons ‘more likely’ to say they are working class than citizens of ANY other country

by Tony Trueman

“Mr Haddon found that the proportion of those saying they were working class in Britain had fallen from 46% in 1987 to 40% in 2009, the year the data he worked on were collected. In that time, the proportion saying they were middle class rose from 27% to 35%. However, he found that a strong factor behind the increase in the proportion of people regarding themselves as middle class was that working class people were achieving a higher of education. This influenced their belief about what class they were in, even though they were came from a working class background and were in working class jobs.”

Georgia Straight | March 28th, 2014

It’s time to “commit sociology” when talking about class in Canada

by Edward Haddon

“If researchers want to look at the effects of income on living standards, employment opportunities, or wealth dispersion they would do well to demarcate their research as such rather than employ class descriptors at all. Conceptualizing class solely through income sterilizes the political connotations of the term and reduces the dynamism Marx and later sociologists have attributed to it.

New Zealand Herald | Sep, 2014

Majority expects to be looked after

by Michael Botur

“Edward Haddon published a University of Auckland paper which analysed how New Zealanders saw their own class position; 51.5 per cent of us saw ourselves as middle class, with 28.5 per cent calling ourselves lower or upper middle class.