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Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2023


Dan Cummings

Senior, Sociology


Class analysis generally deals with the economic aspects of social inequality, and when combined with other forms of inequality research on economic class can lead to a more thorough understanding of the character and consequences of the disparities that exist in modern society. Among such consequences are political identity and voting behavior. The subject has been studied from a variety of theoretical and analytical approaches, which has led to the creation of various frameworks for understanding and structuring class conditions, class consciousness, and their impact on political behavior. Existing research allows what has already been studied to be synthesized into new approaches to class analysis, and these approaches can then be used to study class in the present. Using data collected from the 2018 General Social Survey, the intention of this study is to explore the relationships that exist between class and political attitudes. This study suggests that the more developed one’s class consciousness, the more one is likely to hold political views aligned with the economic interests of their material background (i.e., class location). The results may provide some insight into how objective conditions, subjective perceptions, and political behaviors are related, which may then allow for further study into addressing issues of social inequality.

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