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class consciousness

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
1885-1890
1885-90
Related forms
class-conscious
[klas-kon-shuh s, klahs-] /ˈklæsˈkɒn ʃəs, ˈklɑs-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • But no government can help the destinies of people who insist in putting sectional and class consciousness ahead of general weal.

  • class consciousness is not something which Socialism has developed.

    Socialism John Spargo
  • class consciousness has become so acute that it extends even beyond the realms of literature and drama into the field of sports.

    Pieces of Hate Heywood Broun
  • Capital has been for some time developing its class consciousness.

    Crowds Gerald Stanley Lee
  • One of them touches upon his feeling of "class consciousness."

    An Anarchist Woman Hutchins Hapgood
  • "Bloated plutocrats," "economic determinism," "class consciousness," and similar expressions sum up for him the symbols of revolt.

  • The brains are about to have, as labour and capital already have, a class consciousness.

    Crowds Gerald Stanley Lee
  • class consciousness is poor soil in which to plant any seeds of industrial enthusiasm.

    Working With the Working Woman Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • Labour has lately been developing in a large degree a class consciousness.

    Crowds Gerald Stanley Lee
class consciousness in Culture

class consciousness definition


Identification with other members of one's own class and awareness of its relationship with other classes. According to Marxist theory, the 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 American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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