Category Archive for: Social Class

Spcial Crass and Social Participation

Spcial Crass and Social Participation The lower the social class, the fewer are the associations and social relations of most persons. Lower-class people participate less in organizations of any kind-dubs, civic groups, or churches than do middle and upper class people [Stone, 1960; Hyman and Wright, 1971 Curt’s and Jackson, 1977, p. 215; Wilson, 1978,…

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The Culture of Poverty

The Culture of Poverty In the past two. decades, it as become fresh to refer to a culture poverty [Lewis. 1959, 1966a 1966b], this implies is ,that the poor form a subculture in which, as a result of their common experiences, they have developed certain attitudes and behavior patterns which have been transmitted from parent to. child.…

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SOCIAL CLASS AS A SUBCULTURE

SOCIAL CLASS AS A SUBCULTURE As the preceding quotation reveals, each social class is a subculture with a system of behavior, a set of values, and a way of life. This subculture serves to adapt people to the life they lead and to prepare children to. assume the doss status of their parents. While some…

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SIZE OF EACH SOCIAL CLASS

SIZE OF EACH SOCIAL CLASS Earlier studies agreed that, in-a six-class ranking scale, the two lower classes included slightly over half the U.S. population [Warner and Lunt, 1941; Centers, 1949]. Later studies seemed to indicate that the lower classes were decreasing in size and the middle and upper classes were increasing. The most recent income…

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Status Symbols.

Status Symbols. One of the rewards of higher social status is’ to be recognized as a superior. Since the rich and wellborn .look like other people, they need some means of ensuring-that their position is recognized. In the past, this has been found through the status symbol which can be any desirable trait or object…

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Family Patterns

Family Patterns Many societies have at least two types of  families those with mates of each Sex and children and those with only one parent and children. Each type of family in American society is ‘found at all social levels and, by itself, does not indicate a class category. However, in recent years, the one-parent…

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Self-identification and Class Consciousness

Self-identification and Class Consciousness Most sociologists consider social class a reality even if people are not fully aware of it. American democratic beliefs emphasize equality and tend to inhibit a frank recognition of class lines. Is one’s class membership, then, determined by the feeling that. one belongs in a particular class or by the facts…

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TESTS OF CLASS RANK,

TESTS OF CLASS RANK, Although a wealthy family background is’ a necessity for secure upper-class status, education may substitute for family background at the intermediate class levels. The middle classes are so .large and move around so much that it is impossible to know the family background of each individual. Newcomers to a locality are…

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Determinants of Social Class

Determinants of Social Class What places· one in a particular social class?’ Is it birth, money, education, occupation, or WEALTH AND INCOME. Money is necessary for upper-class position; yet one’s class position is not directly proportional to one’s income. To understand the place of money in class determination, we must remember that a social class is basically…

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WHAT IS SOCIAL CLASS?

WHAT IS SOCIAL CLASS?’ A social class may be defined as a stratum of people of similar position in the social status continuum. The social position of the janitor is not the same as that of the college president; a student will not greet them in exactly the same manner. Most of us are deferential toward…

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