This chapter assesses the importance of class differences in contemporary Denmark and at the same time seeks to entangle the many different understandings of class that are communicated in the debate on class differences. We argue that a reason for this apparent confusion is that class actually manifests itself in different ways, and in the chapter we seek to systematize these manifestations in five different forms. For this purpose, we use Pierre Bourdieu’s class model from Distinction as an inspiration and a starting point.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmpirical Investigation of the Social Space
EditorsJörg Blasius, Frédéric Lebaron, Brigitte Le Roux, Andreas Schmitz
Number of pages16
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-15386-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-15387-8
Publication statusPublished - 2019
SeriesMethodos Series: Methodological Prospects in the Social Sciences


  • Social differentiation
  • class differences
  • Pierre Bourdieu
  • Cultural distinctions


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