The institutional, cultural and individual set of practices and beliefs that assign differential value to people according to their socio-economic class; and an economic system which creates excessive inequality and causes basic human needs to go unmet. (Wow. This is powerful.)

Related terms

Privilege, affirmative action, discrimination, equity, oppression, racialization, socially-imbued power, white privilege

Socioeconomic Status (SES)

Class identify, upper-middle class, lower-middle class, working class, individual classism, institutional classism, cultural classism, internalized classism

Class, class privilege, social capital, cultural capital, poverty class, owning class/rich, ruling class, status

  • Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice,  Second Edition, Routledge, 2007

Quick Start

Reading List

What is Classism

Perceptions of Classism

Social Impacts of Classism

Health Impacts of Classism

Educational Impacts of Classism


Crash Course Sociology

TEDx Talks: Another Glass of Champagne, please? Classism and privilege in our society

Classism and Poverty in America’s Schools

Racial Disparities in Healthcare are Pervasive


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