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Class, Social
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Social classes are specific historical forms of social inequality particularly notable in the transition from feudalism to the modern industrial society with a capitalist economy (Capitalism). In such societies, classes derive from the separation from the means of production typical for the majority of producers. This creates an opposition between the owners of the means of production (capitalists) and the non-owners (Proletariat). This “objective” analytical perspective produces a concept of class status in which every individual belongs c…

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Sprondel, Walter M., “Class, Social”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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