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Sociology of the upper class: the highest income class is not researched

Sociology of the upper class: the highest income class is not researched

sRich people blind spot in German sociology? While there is an unmanageable set of search results for the lower income and middle class groups, little is known about the upper class. There are reasons for this: those who care about social inequality focus on the disadvantages of low-income earners rather than the perks of millionaires. Or he is looking for the middle class because its “disappearance” seems to threaten the cohesion of society. In addition, the world of the rich is somewhat closed, inaccessible and shy of the public. Since they do not receive any government transfer payments, social statistics are also not available as a data source. German sociology knows little about the upper class, nor does it have a clear idea of ​​how it differs from the rest of society.

At least that’s the accusation Michael Hartmans, and he coined it specifically on Andreas Reckwitz, who in the “community of singularities” he calls the upper class is of little importance. “Short, shallow and inconsistent” is Rikowitz’s portrayal of the upper class, says Hartmann. Rikowitz divided the rich into two different classes – the old and the new upper class. The common denominator between them is that they can live off their wealth without having to rely on a profitable business. However, the new upper class still worked, and they were also much more mobile than the old upper class people, according to Rikowitz.

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