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Thread #80050   Message #1455539
Posted By: jimmyt
08-Apr-05 - 04:10 PM
Thread Name: BS: Can we discuss the Class system in UK?
Subject: UK and Class system
Wow, Let me say I approach this question with some trepidation, but I would like honest opinions. I am presently reading Nicholas Nickleby, a Dickens comedy novel. Near the end of the novel, much is made of "marrying within one's class" and staying within one's class, etc. The statement is made that unequal marriages always make the upper class member of the couple as making the extreme sacrifice and the lower class member as getting a great deal. (I paraphrase but you get the gist.)

My question is basically is this sentiment more a matter of the Victorian age or is it in fact a way of thinking in the United Kingdom? I have to say that there are no clearcut distinctions in America as I see it. Granted more priviledged people continue to be priviledged, and more than likely marry people of thier socio-economic class, but with people of all walks of life having university degrees here, it tends to cloud thise issues quite a bit and I know many many people who grew up in a poverty or near poverty background who have now become members of the country club, etc.

I really do not want to start arguments with this thread, but I am just curious if people of the UK seem to feel more in tune with this "class thing" than their American counterparts. Jimmyt