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Are the old class categories a help or hindrance?

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Snug Room, Tobacco Factory Café Bar

Raleigh Road

Sommerville

Bristol

BS3 1TF

United Kingdom

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At our last meeting we discussed what the elements of a progressive immigration policy might be; we did not reach a conclusion and will return to this issue. We wondered whether better policies for jobs and post-compulsory education might diminish hostility to immigration in traditional working-class communities and began to question whether class categories formulated a century ago are still useful for understanding society today.

This latter issue will be the topic of this, our third, meeting. Do the old class categories still provide a useful basis for considering progressive policies, given the changes to class structure over the last 50 years? An industrialised Britain provided the conditions for the creation of class solidarity. Does the modern economy generate a more individualised worker and a more fragmented society in which class has less emotional appeal? How do we frame progressive policies in this more fractured and less cohesive society?


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Snug Room, Tobacco Factory Café Bar

Raleigh Road

Sommerville

Bristol

BS3 1TF

United Kingdom

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