Does A Person's Socioeconomic Background Influence Altruistic Behavior?

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Does a Person’s Socioeconomic Background Influence Altruistic Behavior? During the Middle Ages, the majority of peasants in Feudal Europe were loyal and submissive to their nobles, motivated by the values taught in their strong Catholic belief system. According to “Chapter XVI: The Life of the Peasants”, the successes of many nobles and knights were due to the faithfulness of their peasants, whom they had oppressed and wronged (Davis 46). Modern day altruism is also influenced by socioeconomic status and religion, similar to how the religious members of the third estates supported the upper social echelons. Today, individuals in the top 20% of the United States population own more than 84% of the nation’s wealth, while the bottom 40% own…show more content…
According to Judith Warner, a New York Times journalist who specializes in psychology, the charitable giving deficit is due to the lack of empathy towards the hardships of the poor among their rich counterparts (Warner 2). In light of this, it is important to determine how socioeconomic background influences donation patterns in order to bridge the charitable giving gap. Altruistic behaviors in their quintessential form are selflessly motivated prosocial actions; they influence virtually all human interactions. In America, altruism is ostensibly embodied in the giving patterns of wealthy philanthropists who have a history of creating endowments and donating assets to higher education and other charitable programs. However, in reality, the lower and middle classes account for most of the charitable giving in America. Furthermore, altruism is identified with prosocial behavior, or actions that benefit society as a whole, in sociological interactions. Individuals who come from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are more altruistic because their increased empathy for human welfare and intrinsic self-transcendent value systems motivate them to give more readily. Sociological In sociology, altruism characterizes virtually all human interactions. Whether it be marginal acts of kindness or donations to local charities, altruism allows for society to function by helping those in need. Individuals from lower social echelons endure
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