Working Class

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In her article in The Contemporary British Society Reader, Beverley Skeggs explores the idea that working class women will tend to avoid the label society gives them (Abercrombie and Warde, 2001). The author commanded a study that involved 83 young working women who had little education yet were pursuing degrees and other educational programs.


Several of the women had very negative connotations with the label and believed that people would think much less of them if they were to be a part of this group.
Sheenah, one of the study subjects, had this to say of people with the working class nametag: "They're dead scruffy and poor and they haven't got a job but I guess they're working if they're working class" (Ibid. p.119). Skeggs blames this blatant misunderstanding of the class categories on Thatcherism, more specifically the fact that 'working class' has turned into 'underclass' to many people in Britain. Because of these many negative connotations with being working class, the women in Skeggs' study have tended to never even speak of class structure directly, but rather to allude to it and realise that they are suffering the consequences silently. The overall impression that these women gave to Skeggs is what she refers to as 'disidentification'.
Disidentification refers to the tendency of women on the whole to not speak of class structure. Skeggs and other researchers have found that especially among women who were questioned on the intricacies of class standing, the overall inclination is to avoid the subject if you are working class, and to delve right in if you are middle class. ...
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