How Society Perceives Different Groups Based On Race, Class, And Gender

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This paper explores how society perceives different groups based on race, class, and gender. The paper will compare and contrast Robert Grandfield’s research on how elite students from working class interpret their perspective of stigma of social class and Edward W. Morris’s analysis of inequality in education based on race, class, and gender.

The Sociological Perspectives by Race, Class, and Gender
In Robert Grandfield’s reading, Making It by Faking It, the working class students come to school with “a great deal of class pride” (Grantfield,1991) and for the purposes of helping the people in the lower class by working in the field of social justice. Another purpose is to climb up the social class which is also known as upward mobility. However, students that attend elite law school with a working class background may feel a lack of competence unlike the upper class students. To be in the higher group “Working-class aspirants to the social elite, however, must accumulate cultural capital” (Bourdieu and Passeron 1990; Cookson and Persell 1985). Their prestigious educations that admitted them into elite school are neglected as they feel alienated in school. Working class students begin to feel isolated or different once they entered law schools. They are pressured by the fact that other students have prestigious academic credentials. A credential gap is created and caused working class students to feel incompetent in this elite school. They begin to adjust…
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