Social distinctions, social actions among the upper and middle classes
in A lark for the sake of their country
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In Great Britain, between the wars there was little ambiguity as to who was at the top of the social hierarchy, though the distinctions do blur for those of lower rank. Social enactments serve to express and legitimate the distinctions and the status roles, behaviours, and social functions that are constituting and constitutive of social identity. For upper-middle-class and upper-class men and women in the 1920s, play rather than work came to represent their sphere of social action. As the middle classes took on more and more charity and welfare work, the upper classes, particularly the women among them, seemed more involved in purely symbolic media displays. For the upper classes of Great Britain, certain types of social behaviour tended to reinforce and legitimate their unique status and its social value within and across class boundaries and in specific historically constraining contexts.

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