Snobbery is a more serious matter than some may think: the arguments around Brexit and Trump show that accusations of snobbery have become part of political discourse and public sentiment, building social divisions and reflecting deeper issues of class inequality.
Social class is not simply about wealth, health and life-chances but also about everyday social experience, such as being included or excluded. As social inequality grows, snobbery is becoming ever more pertinent.
This book takes a fresh and engaging look at this key issue, drawing on literature, popular culture and autobiography as well as sociology and history. David Morgan explores the complex history and different varieties of snobbery as well as its all-pervasive character to reveal why, despite claims about the openness of our society, it is still a matter of public concern.
Introduction: Why Snobbery Matters;
Histories of Snobbery: Snobberies of Position;
Histories of Snobbery: Snobberies of Possessions;
Varieties of Snobbery;
Snobbery and Social Class;
Snobbery, politics and Social dramas;
Conclusion: Snobbery and Everyday Life.