Survey Variable: Perceived Privilege of Those in Politics

In addition to asking about the things, if any, that differentiate people who get involved in politics from the public, and the percentage of politicians who were privately educated, the Privilege and Participation survey was more explicit about privilege in politics. It asked about the privilege of two groups, politicians and people who get involvedContinue reading “Survey Variable: Perceived Privilege of Those in Politics”

Survey Variable: Self-Perceived Status

In addition to their explanations for status in society and their own status, and the indicators of status that they use, a crucial part of people’s perception of privilege is their sense of their own status. When assessing our status, we might compare ourselves to a range of different reference points, from a billionaire propertyContinue reading “Survey Variable: Self-Perceived Status”

Survey Variable: Ranked Indicators of Difference in Politics

As with indicators of status more generally, respondents to the Privilege and Participation survey were asked not only to select but also to rank the indicators that they think distinguish people involved in politics from them. The results of their rankings can be seen in Figure 1 (above, using weighted data), which shows that thereContinue reading “Survey Variable: Ranked Indicators of Difference in Politics”

Survey Variable: Selected Indicators of Difference in Politics

It is commonly observed that the people who are involved in politics, and especially politicians, are somehow different from the general population. This feeds into narratives of a gap between people and those they elect, and the idea that representatives are out of touch with the public. However, surveys rarely, if ever, ask people aboutContinue reading “Survey Variable: Selected Indicators of Difference in Politics”

Survey Variable: Ranked Indicators of Status

Being asked to select all of the indicators of status that they think matter allows people to cast the net wide and indicate everything that they think acts as any sort of indicator of status. By contrast, being asked to rank those indicators requires people to be more discriminating and indicate what they think areContinue reading “Survey Variable: Ranked Indicators of Status”

Survey Variable: Selected Indicators of Status

How do people tell what other people’s statuses are? What indicators do they use to form their impressions of where someone sits in social hierarchies? The Privilege and Participation survey asked about this topic for the first time, with all respondents being shown a list of indicators of status to choose from. These ranged fromContinue reading “Survey Variable: Selected Indicators of Status”

Survey Variable: Impact of Background on Own Status

Having looked at people’s identification of the factors that influence status difference in society and their own statuses, it is important to also consider the nature of the impact that it has. Two people who both say that background is a very important factor in shaping status might have very different experiences in mind. OneContinue reading “Survey Variable: Impact of Background on Own Status”

Survey Variable: Reasons for Own Status

In addition to their beliefs about the reasons for status difference in society, it also matters what people think are the reasons for their own status. Do they prioritise the same explanations for status difference in general as they do for their own status, or do they emphasise different things? After asking them to selectContinue reading “Survey Variable: Reasons for Own Status”

Survey Variable: Ranked Reasons for Status Difference

Asking people to select the reasons that they think status differences in society exist allows us to see the list of factors that the think play any part in driving inequality, but it does not tell us what they think the most important reasons are. The process of identifying the key factors is more cognitivelyContinue reading “Survey Variable: Ranked Reasons for Status Difference”

Survey Variable: Selected Reasons for Status Difference

A key component of perception of privilege is the attribution of reasons for inequality in society. Those who prioritise structural explanations for differences between people’s statuses, such as background and inequality, can be said to perceive privilege. On the other hand, those who emphasise individual reasons, such as ambition and hard work, are not perceivingContinue reading “Survey Variable: Selected Reasons for Status Difference”