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The National Statistics Socio-economic classification : Unifying official and sociological approaches to the conceptualisation and measurement of social class In the united kingdom

Pevalin, JD and Rose, D (2002) 'The National Statistics Socio-economic classification : Unifying official and sociological approaches to the conceptualisation and measurement of social class In the united kingdom.' Societes Contemporaines, 45-46 (1-2). 75 - 105. ISSN 1150-1944

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Abstract

In this paper we describe the history of official and sociological approaches to social classifications in the UK, and how they came together in the UK Economic and Social Research Council Review of Government Social Classifications undertaken between 1994 and 2000. In doing so, we first review the strengths and weaknesses of the former official social classifications, Social Class based on Occupation (formerly Registrar General's Social Class) and Socio-economic Groups along with the alternative academic schemas and scales considered by the Review. Secondly, the conceptual basis and construction of the new classification, the National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NS-SEC), is described in detail. Finally, the approach taken in the new classification is compared with other European national classifications in the context of the development of a harmonised socio-economic classification for the European Union.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2013 15:09
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 16:21
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7941

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