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Chair Emile Verhaeren May 7th 2015 - Prof. dr. Mike Savage

Thursday, 7 May, 2015 - 18:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Faculty: Social Sciences and Solvay Business School
Building D, 2nd floor
Promotion Room (D2.01)
Mike Savage is Martin White Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Originally trained as an historian,Prof. Savage has devoted much of his intellectual career to the study of inequality and social stratification. His work is particularly interested in drawing out the temporal and spatial dimensions of contemporary class-relationships. From 2004 to 2010 he was Director of the inter-disciplinary Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) and he previously held positions at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (USA), Sciences-Po (France) and the University of Bergen (Norway). Most recently, Prof. Savage was one of the leading figures behind the Great British Class Survey, a cooperation with the BBC which produced the single largest survey of class-identity in the UK.

“Social Class in the 21st Century”

In his lecture, Prof. Savage will reflect on how class analysis needs to be re-defined in order to deal with the escalating inequalities of the early 21st century. Drawing on theoretical arguments about 'accumulation' from Bourdieu and Piketty he will argue that we need to focus not on the boundaries between middle and working classes in the middle levels of the social structure, but instead turn our attention to the crystallization of an 'ordinary wealth elite' at the top, and the emergence of a precariat at the bottom. He will illustrate his talk with new findings from the UK’s Great British Class Survey.


  • Welcome at 18:00 in the VUB Promotion Room (D2.01)
  • Lecture by Prof. dr. Mike Savage, 'Social class in the 21st Century'
  • Reception


Participation is free, but we kindly ask you to register before May 6th 2015.
For more information please contact us via faces@vub.ac.be

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