- The definition of class consciousness is an awareness or knowledge of social standing and caste systems, often based on wealth or family background and history.
An example of class consciousness is the thinking of a country club where only people who have had wealth for generations can join.
- class-conscious adjective
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class consciousness - Cultural Definition
Identification with other members of one's own class and awareness of its relationship with other classes. According to Marxist theory, the proletariat (see also proletariat) will assume class consciousness when workers realize that they are being exploited by the bourgeoisie; then a proletarian revolution will be inevitable. Contrary to this theory, however, the American working class is primarily socially conservative.