Skip to main content
Kent Academic Repository

Knowing your place: social class & the interplay between work and non-work lives

Evans, Samantha (2019) Knowing your place: social class & the interplay between work and non-work lives. In: Working-Class Studies: Beyond the Heartlands. . (Unpublished) (KAR id:97902)

PDF (Slides of conference presentation) Presentation
Language: English
Download this file
[thumbnail of Slides of conference presentation]
Request a format suitable for use with assistive technology e.g. a screenreader
Microsoft PowerPoint (Slides of conference presentation) Presentation
Language: English

Restricted to Repository staff only
Contact us about this Publication
[thumbnail of Slides of conference presentation]
Official URL:


Despite a growing awareness of class-based inequalities in the UK (Ashley et al., 2015), studies of social class have been criticised for their failure to acknowledge the impact of class origin on individuals’ experiences of work (Friedman, 2016). Moreover, the overriding discourse is of the beneficial outcomes of social mobility with less known about any associated difficulties (Freidman, 2013). Using interview data, we explore the experiences of social mobility for individuals of working-class origin who have class travelled by way of their education and occupation. We found that these individuals experienced feelings of insecurity and anxiety in the workplace as a result of their working-class roots. In response, they deployed various techniques to conceal their working-class origins and alleviate feelings of discomfort. Interestingly, when in the company of family and friends from home, interviewees reported using similar techniques in an effort to integrate back. They spoke of a feeling of disconnection between their work and home domains with no sense of belonging to either. Thus, the individual experience of social mobility appears to more onerous, complex and stressful than the positive nature that both academic and political discourse suggests.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: social class, social mobility, work-life balance, inequality
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Department of Leadership and Management
Depositing User: Samantha Evans
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2022 08:22 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 09:20 UTC
Resource URI: (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)

University of Kent Author Information

  • Depositors only (login required):

Total unique views for this document in KAR since July 2020. For more details click on the image.