High society (social class)
High society, also called in some contexts simply "Society", is a category of people deemed to have greater wealth, social status or prestige than the rest of the population in a Western culture. It includes their related affiliations, social events and practices. Such groups are defined by key events and cultural affiliations which together identify their typical interactions.[dubious ] For instance, various social clubs were open to members based on assessments of their ranking and role within high society, and in American high society, the Social Register is a key resource for identifying qualified members.
Members of high society receive media attention in various ways, such as the prominence of the jet set in popular culture in past decades, or through distinctive public identifiers, such as the "upper tens" in mid-19th century New York City, or "the 400", Ward McAllister's late 19th-century term for the number of people Mrs William Backhouse Astor, Jr's ballroom could supposedly accommodate, although the actual number was 273.
- Category:High society, for various groups, events, and affiliations, which together constitute the concept
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