The Great British Class Survey Analysis

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In this essay I'm going to analyze and compare three different ways of measuring class according to Weber, Marx and the Great British Class Survey applied to Ingvar Kamprad's life. Ingvar Kamprad was born in Pjätteryd, the 30th of March, 1926. As a child, Kamprad was raised on the farm Elmtaryd near the village of Agunnaryd, in the Swedish province of Småland. At the early age of six, Kamprad decided to start selling matches on the streets, at 10 years old, he had already created a small business, selling everything from christmas decorations to desktop supplies and fish. However, it wasn't until the age of 17, when his father decided to give him a small sum of money, Kamprad's business started to begin. Though, IKEA, the abbreviation…show more content…
In this period of time, according to marx's theory of the two main social classes, 20 year old Kamprad, belonged to the ruling class. Status, wealth and power was the three-component theory Weber formed to measure class. A young Kamprad, who worked for himself, did not have high status or power, and even though his company had started to grow bigger, it didn't necessarily affect his wealth. The Great British Class Survey, classified and determined Kamprad's economic, social and cultural capital as (what Weber's theory also did) low. Both of these theories share a common idea in a sense that social capital is a form of power, and social and economic capital corresponds to wealth. The reason for why Marx's theory puts Kamprad in the ruling class, is based on his work status. Kamprad didn't work under a company or person. He was an independent worker who…show more content…
From these he drew conclusions about the general concept and social laws to explain and get the world to understand.He has a clear historical perspective and refers to many philosophers and other researchers in the field. Weber looks for social factors as declaration and he shows that society affects the individual to a certain way of thinking and behavior patterns without the individual need to be aware of it, but he makes it a more relative approaching than Marx. If we take Weber's theory and applied to today we can get a stronger understanding in what his theory actually meant. If we take a high-school teacher as an example, we can firstly state that he or she is an employee and does not own the school he/she works in. However, the teacher could have more status (power) in both the school community and outside,compared to a plumber, who earn more money and has its own
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