- awareness of one's own social or economic rank in society.
- a feeling of identification and solidarity with those belonging to the same social or economic class as oneself.
Origin of class consciousness
Examples from the Web for class-conscious
This class-conscious novel with a feminist heroine looks better the older it gets.American Dreams, 1924: ‘So Big’ by Edna Ferber
March 29, 2014
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
To be class-conscious is to be prepared to act in the sense of that class.Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
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
- aware of belonging to a particular social rank or grade, esp in being hostile or proud because of class distinctions
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.