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class consciousness

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noun
  1. awareness of one's own social or economic rank in society.
  2. a feeling of identification and solidarity with those belonging to the same social or economic class as oneself.

Origin of class consciousness

First recorded in 1885–90
Related formsclass-con·scious [klas-kon-shuh s, klahs-] /ˈklæsˈkɒn ʃəs, ˈklɑs-/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for class-conscious

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  • And the men who ship out as Space Vikings are the least class-conscious of the lot.

    Space Viking

    Henry Beam Piper

  • The numbers of class-conscious "proletarians" in the East might be very small.

    The New World of Islam

    Lothrop Stoddard

  • To be class-conscious is to be prepared to act in the sense of that class.

  • That must surely be idealistic which is "saturated with class-conscious socialism."

    The I.W.W.

    Paul Frederick Brissenden

  • But you won't be interested—a class-conscious proletarian like you.

    Jimmie Higgins

    Upton Sinclair


British Dictionary definitions for class-conscious

class-conscious

adjective
  1. aware of belonging to a particular social rank or grade, esp in being hostile or proud because of class distinctions
Derived Formsclass-consciousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

class-conscious in Culture

class consciousness

Identification with other members of one's own class and awareness of its relationship with other classes. According to Marxist theory, the proletariat (see also proletariat) will assume class consciousness when workers realize that they are being exploited by the bourgeoisie; then a proletarian revolution will be inevitable. Contrary to this theory, however, the American working class is primarily socially conservative.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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