Simonchuk, E. (2016). Class mapping: tradition and innovation [In Russian]. Sociology: theory, methods, marketing, 1, 26–51.
Симончук, Е. (2016). Картографирование классов: традиции и новации. Социология: теория, методы, маркетинг, 1, 26–51.
The debates between class analysts in the past two decades have revealed the main problems of mapping the class structure and identified possible prospects for improving the appropriate methodologies and techniques. This article summarizes the results of the discussion about the construction and the use of empirical class schemes and proposes an original scheme/matrix of class position identification on the basis of three criteria. The macro-classes (employees and owners/employers) are allocated according to their relation to property of the means of production. Meso-classes are formed according to horizontals and verticals of each of these matrices. These are the positions allocated in the matrix of the owners according to the level of the entrepreneurial activity and the sector-industry specialization. In the matrix of employees the position allocation is based on the skill levels and the sector-industry specialization of their occupation. Micro-classes are the positions formed at the intersection of the criteria of meso-classes. The article describes the empirical operationalization of the class positions matrix and different ways of their aggregation. The hypotheses for the validation of the proposed matrix are formulated.