The Great British Class Survey: discussing class in Britain with diverse audiences


Joint research from Manchester Business School’s Head and Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC), Professor Fiona Devine, continues to generate widespread interest.

Professor Devine recently presented the findings of The Great British Class Survey (GBCS) to two very different audiences.

On 6 March, Fiona gave a public lecture to around 60 retired people from fields including academia and business at the Ranmoor Parish Centre in Sheffield. Generating lively debate, she described the capitals approach to class analysis that inspired the GBCS; gave an overview of the key findings, including profiles of the seven classes identified and the overall picture of fragmentation and polarisation in the class structure; and provided an update on ongoing research, including the forthcoming work from the GBCS team on elites.

On 14 March, a group of 16-17 year-old pupils from Ordrup Gymnasium, Copenhagen, Denmark, visited Fiona at Manchester Business School to learn more about the GBCS and class in the UK. This was part of their study trip to Manchester on the topic of ‘British Identity’. Fiona gave a presentation on the GBCS and discussed class in modern Britain with the students. She was joined by Head of Sociology, Wendy Bottero, and Sociology PhD student Kirsty Morrin, who gave a talk on narratives of class in her research centred on an academy school in the North West of England. The success of the session means that more groups from Ordrup Gymnasium hope to visit the University of Manchester in the future.

Read more on the Great British Class Survey from the BBC >>


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