So, I've been reading one of my old sociology textbooks this week, and when the discussion of class came up in another thread (about which tie someone should wear with a certain shirt, in off topic), I decided to make this thread.
I was brought up in a distinctly middle class background, and I attended a private school (although it was a struggle for my parents to afford that for however many years). My parents were both born to very working class families, and both of them suffered some form of neglect/abuse in the household. Both my parents worked very hard to better themselves, and tried to bring me up in a very middle class way. A lot of my friends call me posh, and during my schooling I was taught a lot of things that my peers weren't - how to behave at a dinner party, how to tie a bow tie, what sorts of styles of dress are appropriate at various events, how to accept/decline 'society' invitations, how to behave at pre-dinner drinks (and whether or not you're invited to the dinner following!).
So, clearly, class is mobile, but how mobile is it? My parents are definitely now middle class, having come from a working class background, and most people would probably set me as middle class too, assuming when I eventually make my way in the world I succeed at my projected career (accounting).
So, firstly, how do you define working, middle and upper classes? Do you feel there are other classes as well? How mobile do you feel the class system is in your country? And what class do you think you are? Why?