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DIGCLASS: Social Classes in the Digital Age

 Technological Change, Social Inequalities and the Social Contract            


The DIGCLASS project was born out of the increasing concern in Europe about the implications of the digital revolution for social inequalities and democratic processes. The objective is to better understand how digital technologies alter the mechanisms that generate inequalities in the distribution of resources and life chances, which is crucial for social policies to respond to the challenges of the digital revolution. The DIGCLASS project will revise existing theoretical and empirical approaches to social class analysis in the social sciences and update them to address the challenges posed by technological transformations. Our work will propose new taxonomies and analytical tools, it will assess whether the traditional links between social position and life chances are altered by digitalisation and whether new needs in terms of social protection are required in current societies.

DIGCLASS is an interdisciplinary project including a team of economists, sociologists and political scientists with research lines covering socioeconomic inequalities in the labour market; health outcomes; educational attainment; and political economy and behaviour.

DIGCLASS is hosted in the Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS) of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) at the European Commission (EC). The JRC is the Commission’s Directorate-General for science and knowledge production. It informs and supports EU policies with independent research throughout the whole policy cycle. The CAS aims to enhance the JRC’s capabilities to better understand and address the complex and long-term scientific and societal challenges currently facing the EU.

DIGCLASS contributes to the following JRC research portfolios and EC priorities: (#33) Innovative policymaking; (#20) Inclusive and resilient society; and (#21) Education, skills and jobs.

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