Analysis Of The Book ' By Barbara Ehrenreich, Allan G. Johnson, And Austin Fuentes

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Others. That one word distinctively separates people base on a certain trait or characteristic. Society affects us more than we realize. We are oblivious to fact that we have been categorized in a society particularly due to our race, gender, social class. It affects how we react to certain beliefs or people. Barbara Ehrenreich, Allan G. Johnson, and Austin Fuentes all wrote an essay that examines how closely one factor can lead to labeling a person. Each author has creditability in understanding social issues as they have researched social issues and earned a degree for their knowledge. Each essay from these authors focuses on a different topic relating to how as a society label each concept. The writer’s audience is any individual that…show more content…
The origin of classification based on social class dates back to long history. Her main claim is “We’ll have to conclude that poverty is not, after all, a cultural aberration or a character flaw. Poverty is a shortage of money” (Ehrenreich, 609). Ehrenreich defends a part of the poor by stating that “some are hardworking and fiercely ambitious while there are some people that lead disorderly lives by drinking, and brawling” (607). Most of the audience are minorities rather than the upper class. She is speaking up for those with a reputation of being poor for not being able to make money. Austin Fuentes is a professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame and wrote “From The Myth of Race”. Fuentes’s main claim is “There is no way to divide humanity into biological units that correspond to the categories black, white, or Asian, or any other categories” (Fuentes, 519). After all of his statistical research, he states that the perception of categories is only an assumption and “there is no support for biological races” (Fuentes, 523). It does not mean that humans do not vary. The racial division of white, black, and Asian are not defined by our blood or genetics; it is culturally developed. Fuentes states that in the United States people call a person based on their cultural interpretation of skin, hair, and face (523). Most people just assume one’s race by looking at their features. Fuentes develops credibility to support his claims through his use of

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