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class consciousness

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
First recorded in 1885-90
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[klas-kon-shuh s, klahs-] /ˈklæsˈkɒn ʃəs, ˈklɑs-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • class consciousness is not something which Socialism has developed.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • One of them touches upon his feeling of "class consciousness."

    An Anarchist Woman Hutchins Hapgood
  • class consciousness, of proletariat, as prerequisite to Socialism, 124-128.

    Our Revolution Leon Trotzky
  • Capital has been for some time developing its class consciousness.

    Crowds Gerald Stanley Lee
  • Labour has lately been developing in a large degree a class consciousness.

    Crowds Gerald Stanley Lee
  • The brains are about to have, as labour and capital already have, a class consciousness.

    Crowds Gerald Stanley Lee
  • "Bloated plutocrats," "economic determinism," "class consciousness," and similar expressions sum up for him the symbols of revolt.

  • class consciousness is poor soil in which to plant any seeds of industrial enthusiasm.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • Inevitably, since the industrial revolution, modernist critics have tended to stress its appeal to class consciousness.

class consciousness in Culture

class consciousness definition

Identification with other members of one's own class and awareness of its relationship with other classes. According to Marxist theory, the 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
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