Research cluster

Cultures of class

About us

The concept of class has been fundamentally important in understanding how modern societies function and how they change.

Many historians in the department at Essex study class formation and class conflict in very different contexts, looking at the influence of material circumstances on such processes. However, we also study the different ways of life or cultures that classes create and through which they express themselves and make sense of the world. We are interested in consciousness as much as activity therefore, in languages and ideologies of class – the symbolic dimension of collective identity.