Class consciousness

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The most articulate spokesperson on the subject of class consciousness in American sociology has been C. Wright Mills. Mills specifies three components of class consciousness: (1) a rational awareness and identification with one's own class interest; (2) an awareness of and rejection of other class interests; and (3) an awareness of and readiness to use collective political means to the collective political end of realizing one's interests. Mills agrees with the Marxist interpretation of the importance of class consciousness to social change and revolution. The first lesson of modern sociology is that the individual cannot understand his own experience or gauge his own fate without locating himself within the trends of his epoch and the life chances of all the individuals of his social layer. - From Charles A. Anderson, The Political Economy of Social Class (Englewood Cliffs NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1974), p. 36.


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