What for Weber is the distinction between class and status and how useful is this for the sociological study of class?
This is a 3,000 word essay.
1. The title of the essay is:
The distinction between class and status for Weber and its relevance to China
2. The following aspects need to be included:
“Class” at the economic level
“Status” at the cultural level
The distinction between class and status
Relevance to current China:
Current research is focused less and less on the distinction between class and status, which might lead to some disparities and, in the case of China, social development challenges; thus, efforts to balance stratification necessitate a differentiation between status and class.
In China, the contrast between class and status is important. China, being the world’s largest manufacturer, requires a significant number of “blue-collar” employees in handicrafts, manufacturing, and other industries to support its economic progress. However, the number of white-collar workers, such as firm employees and non-manual workers, has increased in recent years, resulting in a decrease in the number of blue-collar workers, which has affected the economy. In terms of class, blue-collar workers earn more than white-collar workers and possess specific skills that make them have a higher class than white-collar workers. However, blue-collar employees have significantly less prestige than white-collar ones, so many Chinese choose to be white-collar rather than blue-collar. This discrepancy has led to economic regression, and China is now addressing it by instituting a ‘double reduction’ strategy, which involves lowering the number of taught colleges in favour of professional skills schools, to solve this inequality in terms of prestige.
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