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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 consciousness

Historical Examples

  • "You're stealing my class-consciousness from me," he called from the gate way.

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    Howard Vincent O'Brien

  • President Roosevelt himself has declared that class-consciousness is a foul and evil thing.

    Labor and Freedom

    Eugene V. Debs

  • Class-consciousness points out the necessity for working-class action, economic and political.

    Labor and Freedom

    Eugene V. Debs

  • Not merely had he acquired the class-consciousness of the working-man, he had acquired the money-consciousness as well.

    King Coal

    Upton Sinclair

  • The idea of the general strike keeps alive and fortifies in the workingmen their class-consciousness and revolutionary feelings.


class consciousness 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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