Resentment and Class Structure

  • What is the role of resentment in reinforcing class structure?
  • “Resentment is a feeling experience by social actors when an external agency denies them opportunities or valued resources that otherwise would be available to them”
  • is experienced individually and incorporated into a sense of self, but it is also an embedded and collective dimension of social structure.
  • is an emotion at the macroscopic level. Not reducible to an individual state, it structures our social relationships.
  • Different classes have different emotion rules, systems and norms. These rules prevent movement between classes.
  •  Why is it rude to ask a colleague how much they make? How would workplaces be different if employees were told how much everybody else earned?

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