Women and social class: towards a more complete picture

Publication type

Research Paper

Series Number



Working Papers of the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change


Publication date

March 1, 1997


This paper addresses the debate on class and gender by focusing on the inter-connections between social class, occupational sex segregation, sector and gender, and therefore structural features that are seen as partly independent, partly inter-connected, sources of social inequality. The empirical analyses - based on data from a British survey - address various differences in market and work situations within social class categories, and interesting within-class differences are found. The results give clear evidence that social class structures are fractionalised by occupational sex segregation, as well as by public/private sector divisions. Gender affects standing within these structures, and introducing women into class analyses reveals both a more complex form and a more complete picture of social stratification within modern societies.



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