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People Like Us: Social Class in America

by: Angela Dela Llana

People Like Us: Social Class in America SOCI 1311

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Dr. Dorothy Kalanzi
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Date Created: 10/09/16
SOCI 1311 People Like Us: Social Class in America Americans often don existence of classes. However, it clear that classes do exist in America. Americans often unconsciously separate themselves into . depending on many different factors including money, race, appearance, etc. Class is everywhere, but it can be hard to see. Part 1: Bud or Bordeaux? (The choices you make reveal your class) To examine class in America, you need to examine the kinds of things American themselves with. Do they buy the latest Italian cookware or just a regular backyard grill? What you choose to eat can say a lot about your class. The higher a family is in class, the less white bread they eat. Lower class people tend to favor Shaw , which is large, cheap, with everyday products, while middle class hippies and upper class people prefer the Co-op, which is smaller and more expensive with Rich people behave a certain way. They stand a certain distance from people, dress a certain way, etc. It t just the money that makes someone According to the American Dream, everyone has a shot at moving up. However, navigating class orders can be tricky, and it Is it possible to change the social class you not possible, and if someone manages to do so, it would take a whole lifetime of studying the behaviors of the particular class. According to them, you Part 2: High and Low (A tour through the landscape of class) It not all about race. Class matters too. In one particular neighborhood, there were very clear divisions between black and white people, but both groups agreed that the people at the very bottom were the trash. People at the top of the social ladder usually possess some combination of money, family name, and attitude. There is a privileged American class called the WASPs (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants). Things were handed down to them from an early age. They were comfortable, and everything was pre- planned for them. Historically, WASPs have always been at the top of the social ladder. Even though other groups have out-earned them, they still have a sense of superiority that comes from being within their group. The WASP guy in the video claims that they stand, walk, speak, dress, and eat better. He goes on to say that they ed, nicer, and more attractive. At a party, he identified one couple as belong. Some people in the middle class strive to move up to the upper class. Other middle class people and lower class people stay where they are and hope for their children to do better. In America, it seems un-American to not be in the middle class. Some people don admit that they in the middle class. In a country divided by race, being middle class and black poses a separate set of dilemmas. Many black people are afraid to acknowledge the existence of a class structure within Black America because these people who are oppressed in America don oppressive. The Bourgeoisie black girls who were interviewed said that they wanted to date a man who went to an Ivy League school because they can man. They were also turned off when a guy pronounced the word incorrectly. At least half of all African Americans can be labeled middle class, but despite the educational and economical diversity, such class distinctions are often overlooked by a country that equates being black with being poor. While still being aware of racial divisions within America, upper class black people have collected into a small group of elite African American social organizations. In the white community, there is also a division of class. Tammy class white life. She is a single mother raising four children. She walks over 10 miles to Burger King to work minimum wage as a janitor. The whole family lives in a small, old trailer in a rural area. Tammy was born into a poor family where her father worked to support over 20 children. She says that it Is it a person rol? Part 3: Salt of the Earth (Blue collar life in a white collar world) The woman who sells lawn ornaments values her blue collar customers because they who keep coming back. Blue collar, working class people are often looked down upon by white collar people.


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