ABCs and class August 24, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Whether one agrees or disagrees with Ed Rooksby’s broader analysis here on Jacobin of Brexit from closer to the referendum, and I admit I tend to the former, he makes an excellent point in relation to polling, that:
…occupational category measures of social stratification do not operate on the basis of a Marxist understanding of class. Indeed, as Charlie Hore points out:
AB includes 25 percent of the population, including key groups of workers who have been in struggle recently — teachers, nurses, doctors and other health professions — and, in fact, most trade union members.
Charlie Hore’s piece, on SocialistWorker.org no less, particularly good at analysing the problems implicit in using ABCDE occupational categories.
And Rooksby notes too that:
In addition, the DE figures are skewed by the fact that this category includes pensioners (some rich, some poor), among whom there was a large turnout.
Conor McCabe amongst others has pointed out that using ABCDE categories, which are essentially categories devised for advertisers is, at best, problematic as a means of understanding class structures in contemporary society and potentially very misleading.
Given the preponderance of polls in this era – particularly during and since the economic crisis, and the manner in which they are used to support x, y or z obviously this underlines the point that they should be treated with extreme caution, particularly when used as instruments to determine ‘class’ positions.