nCube : Social Status, based on 1831 occupational statistics

nCubes hold all the statistics presented by the Vision of Britain system, and are defined as combinations of variables. For example, the age-sex tables that appear in most census reports are held as two-dimensional nCubes in which one dimension is a variable categorising sex and the other variable defines a set of age groups. nCubes can have many dimensions, such as age by sex by occupation by cause of death, or just one.

Social Status, based on 1831 occupational statistics
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The 1831 census provides information, down to parish-level, on the occupations of males aged over 20 using nine categories. Here we reorganise this information to provide a crude measure of social status, based more on contemporary ideas than on modern definitions of social class: "middling sorts" combines small farmers not employing labourers with both masters and skilled workers in urban manufacturing and handicrafts.

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Data for these unit types and dates are available to UK Federation members for download — select one:

Unit Type Date Data Count

1831 12

1831 212

1831 3812

1831 43760

nCube " Social Status, based on 1831 occupational statistics " is contained within:

Themes, which organise the database into broad topics:

Entity ID Entity Name
T_SOC Social Structure

Universes, definining what the values in datasets add up to:

Entity ID Entity Name
U_ADULT_M Adult Males

nCube " Social Status, based on 1831 occupational statistics " contains:

Variables, defining what data was gathered for :

Entity ID Entity Name
V_SOC1831 1831 Occupations grouped by Status

Social Status, based on 1831 occupational statistics: Data map listing

Each of our datasets, or nCubes, combines one or more variables (Var) each of which consists of a set of categories. The data map lists all the possible combinations of categories. The cell references are the identifiers held in our main table of statistics, recording what each number measures.

Cell Reference Var Category Value
SOC1831:emp 1 Employers and Professionals
SOC1831:mid 1 Middling Sorts
SOC1831:lab 1 Labourers and Servants
SOC1831:other 1 Others