9th Conference European Sociological Association

RS13 Re-Assessing Class in Contemporary Sociology

2009-09-03 09:00:00 2009-09-03 10:30:00 Thursday, 3 September 09:00 - 10:30 Thinking and Classifying Class in Conditions of Crisis and Social Change Building I, 1E11

Social classes, social capital and political attitudes in Europe

This paper seeks to understand the way in which social capital resources are incorporated, appropriated and distributed by different social classes in Europe and their effect on political attitudes and collective action. Its main goal is to produce a conceptual framework by linking the concepts of social and political capital with the different theoretical assessments developed by the sociology of social classes, specially the contributions of Pierre Bourdieu's thought. Our main research-question is that the rank of accumulated social and political capital represents a sort of mediator between the composition of social classes and the rates of political and social participation. In order to measure the relationship between these concepts, we will work out a set of quantitative indicators from the European Social Survey-2006 for 23 European countries, which cover a sample of 43 000 individuals. By applying quantitative data analysis, our methodological approach will combine national and transnational levels, i.e. it will not only be an international comparison between European countries, but also an analysis of individuals and their belonging to social classes.