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  • Stine Thidemann Faber, Denmark
  • Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy
This article builds on narratives told by different women about themselves and their perceptions of everyday life and its consistency. It refers to the dissertation "The Pursuit of Class" in which the ambition has been to study class on a ‘micro-level' and, by way of interviews, to explore how class - through processes that interact with gender and other social differentiations - leaves its mark on women's experiences and perceptions of self and others as well as their perceptions of opportunities accessible to them. In the interviews social differences are initially rejected, muffled and underplayed. Yet, in very subtle ways the women do in fact discuss social differences, although the word class is never used. Above all, class is revealed through borders between them and us. Distancing from others is mainly communicated as moral reservations and moral condemnation. In that sense the women indirectly refer to people who think, act or prioritize differently and, to them, sometimes even incomprehensibly. Motherhood appears to be a particularly important factor when the women assess themselves and others.
Original languageDanish
JournalDansk Sociologi
Pages (from-to)75-89
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Research areas

  • Class, gender, social differentiation, moral distinctions, Bourdieu

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