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majority of the lower-middle classes. At the top of the lower-middle class are the so-called‘semi-professionals’ of teaching and nursing. The ‘typical’ white-collar figure is the clericalworker, although Marxists would argue that they are wage earners and are therefore part ofthe working class.
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The working-class represents the other large social class. The working classes are thosecitizens who work in the so-called ‘blue-collar’ sector that traditionally referred to the low paidheavy industries, such as coal, steel etc, and the manufacturing industries. Today, however,with the decline of the heavy and industrial industries, these low paid jobs largely consist ofthe service and un-skilled clerical sectors.
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The upper-working class include those with higher status jobs, which are better paid or highlyskilled such as factory foremen or technicians.The gap between the working class and the middle-class has, in recent times, began todisappear. The upper working classes have gone through a period of ‘embourgeoisement’ asthey become more like the middle-classes. With the decline of heavy industry, and theintroduction of legislation such as the minimum wage the working classes have, in somecases, become relatively better paid to the extent that even working class people now expectto have a certain standard of living, particularly in terms of the furnishing of their homes, aswell as regular foreign holidays.
The Lower Working ClassThe Lower Working ClassThe Lower Working ClassThe Lower Working Class
The lower working classes refer to those workers with low prestige, low-paid, unskilled jobs,such as cleaners, shop assistants etc. These jobs are often part time and are filled mainly byteenagers, who are too young to receive the full minimum wage payments, and women whotend not to be paid as much as men and are, therefore, cheaper to employ.
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The underclasses are those citizens who are outside of the employment structure such as oldage pensioners, the unemployed, students and the homeless. These people tend to be poorand rely on state benefits, such as unemployment benefit, state pension, student loans etc.,for their survival.