- 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 consciousness
"You're stealing my class-consciousness from me," he called from the gate way.Thirty
Howard Vincent O'Brien
President Roosevelt himself has declared that class-consciousness is a foul and evil thing.
Class-consciousness points out the necessity for working-class action, economic and political.
Not merely had he acquired the class-consciousness of the working-man, he had acquired the money-consciousness as well.King Coal
The idea of the general strike keeps alive and fortifies in the workingmen their class-consciousness and revolutionary feelings.Syndicalism in France
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.