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SANTOS, José Alcides Figueiredo. A socioeconomic classification for Brazil. Rev. bras. Ci. Soc. [online]. 2005, vol.20, n.58, pp.27-45. ISSN 1806-9053.

This article presents a new socioeconomic classification for Brazil, applicable to the national social statistics, exposing its theoretical foundations and the operational criteria used in the construction of its empirical categories. Built on a social class approach, this classification intends to contribute to the characterization, description and explanation of the production and reproduction of the durable inequalities that permeate the highly unequal Brazilian society. Using micro data from the 2002 National Household Survey, the article presents the relative distribution of the class categories in the Brazilian society and its income gaps. Finally, it points out some importants results of the process of construct validation of this typology.

Keywords : Socioeconomic classification; Social class; Social structure; Class typology; Brazilian society.

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