Snapshot 1900: The Changing Picture of Class
Britain: A Class Society
Britain is a class society. The three main social classes are described here.
Working Class: a social class comprising those who do manual work or work for wages; 'there is a shortage of skilled labour in this field'
Middle class: business or professional people
Upper class: the more affluent members of society, especially those who have great wealth, control over businesses or hold large numbers of stocks and shares.
For further information on how sociologists define the British class system, visit the Woodlands Junior School's website, which has a section on 'The Social Class System in Britain' (see Related Links at bottom of page).
Looking at the photograph on this page at face value can you work out which social class these men belonged to?
What clues did you use in the photograph to help you reach your conclusion?
You can see how right or wrong you were by checking the same picture on the next page.