I make mention of Paul Fussell’s book Class: A Guide Through the American Status System in my chapter on social class in The Big Picture. A central point that Fussell makes is that class is about more than just economic position and social status, it includes our tastes, preferences, language, and more or what sociologist Pierre Bourdieu refers to as cultural capital.

An audio interview with Fussell about his book on class (conducted in 1983) is available here at “Wired for Books” (which offers many other interviews with other authors).

A video clip of Fussell discussing class is available here (along with other clips) at the PBS site devoted to the film “People Like Us,” an excellent film with multiple vignettes considering a variety of perspectives on social class.

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