Archive | February 2014

Progress on research on the Great British Class Survey

We have had comments asking us to update interested readers with news on the GBCS. in brief….

1. We have been putting particular energies into the archiving and making publicly available the GfK and GBCS. We hope the first tranche of data will be available by late spring. Discussions between the UK Data Archive and the BBC regarding licensing are proceeding with this date in mind. The first batch of GBCS will not contain the detailed occupational and university data as this still requires additional cleaning, but we expect this additional data to be included by the end of 2014.

2. Our article ‘On social class, anno 2014’ is now under review at ‘Sociology’. This replies to our critics (four of whom – Harriett Bradley, Colin Mills, Danny Dorling and Nicola Rollock – have papers accepted in ‘Sociology’) and expands on the implications of the GBCS for class analysis.

3. Once we know if our article is accepted, we will include subsidiary responses to critics (including the questions which Colin Mills asks us at the end of his critical response) on this blog site, as well as additional technical information about the GfK which there may not be space to include in our ‘Sociology’ paper.

4. We have drafts of all the papers which we hope will form a special issue of ‘The Sociological Review’ and which will be submitted to them by the end of March. We hope this will showcase the ability of the GBCS to allow granular analysis of the elite. The papers we will be submitting are:

Fiona Devine (Manchester) and Helene Snee (Manchester), ‘Doing the Great British Class Survey’

Mike Savage (LSE), ‘Challenges for class analysis: from the ‘problematic of the proletariat’ to the classed analysis of elites’

Sam Friedman (City) and Mark Taylor (Manchester), ‘Breaking The Glass Ceiling? Social Mobility into the British Elite’

Daniel Laurison (LSE), ‘Political engagement and efficacy among the elite: lessons from the GBCS’

Andrew Miles (Manchester), ‘Elite occupations and the creative class’

Niall Cunningham (Manchester) and Mike Savage (LSE), ‘The secret garden?: elite metropolitan geographies in contemporary Britain’

Paul Wakeling (York) and Mike Savage (LSE), ‘Entry to elite positions and the stratification of higher education in Britain’


5. We have signed our contract with Penguin and are now working on a delivery date for our popular book on class of September 2014.

Thank you all for your continued interest….


The Precarious Precariat Workshop: Department of Sociology @ the London School of Economics

26th March 2014 Robert Mckenzie Room


Following the successful and thought provoking workshop at the London School of Economics in October 2013 bringing together scholars discussing the rising interest and importance of researching elites. The Department of Sociology is holding a further workshop relating to the ‘precariat’.

The focus of these two workshops is to recognise that patterns and dynamics of inequality are powerfully affected by outliers at both ends. Rising inequalities within the United Kingdom means that the structural and cultural aspects of inequality need serious attention as these processes of symbolic violence contribute and legitimate class inequalities.

This workshop will bring together some of the leading and most passionate voices currently involved in debate, research, and activism, relating to those rising inequalities, with the specific intention of highlighting the precarious nature of living in unequal Britain.

The event is free and places are limited please book to secure a place.   Please email

10.45 Tea and Coffee Welcome to the LSE by Mike Savage

11.15 Tracey Shildrick: Low Pay No Pay

11.45 Val Gillies: Precarious Mothering

12.15 Lunch

1.00pm Simon Willis, CEO of The Young Foundation: ‘Inequality and disruptive social intervention’

1.30pm Lisa Mckenzie: Stigma and stereotype

2.00pm Tea and Coffee

2.30 Tracey Jenson: Broken Britain

3.00 (possibly Les Back)

3.30 End of Day Discussion

4.00 Finish