Social Class From The Perspectives Of People Of Color, Women, And Gender Orientation

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Social Class in America
America is divided into groups based on many different characteristics. Some of those characteristics may include race and ethnicity, cultures, religions, age, sexual orientations and genders. No matter which group someone defines with based on those characteristics, an individual will be labeled one step further to fit into a social class. In America, the most basic structure of social classes is broken down into upper, middle, and lower class. However, the perspectives of what each of those social structures looks like differs based on an individual’s characteristics. This analysis will examine the structures of the American social class from the perspectives of people of color, women, and gender orientation. Individuals who represent the upper social class are privileged to more opportunities than those individuals who are categorized in the middle or lower social classes. The upper social class consists of a surplus of money which in turn leads to many positive repercussions. Being categorized as wealthy contributes to having better health care, having greater education opportunities, and never having to worry about where one will sleep at night or eat throughout the day. Historically, the upper social class in American society has always consisted of mainly White individuals. According to Brannon and Markus (2013) “race has been a device, a system of ideas and practices, used to establish rank among groups of people; to associate different
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