Social Stratification And Social Class

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The quest to understand Society is urgent for our well being and important for if we cannot understand the social world, we are more likely to be overwhelmed by it. In America society is stratified into social classes by which society ranks categories of people in a hierarchy, upper, middle and lower class. Social stratification is a trait of society, not simply a reflection of individual differences but achievement based. For that matter, social class is a controversial issue due to the perceptions of people in each class and many argue that social inequality and racism play a vital role in the operation of society. Among the issues, one’s position in the social class hierarchy may impact their health, family life, education, political…show more content…
These extremely wealthy people live off the income from their inherited riches and they live in exclusive neighborhoods, gather at expensive soda clubs and send their children to the finest schools. The middle class are like the “Sandwich” class because they have more money than those below them, but less than the class above them. They usually divide into two levels based on wealth and education. The lower middle class is often made up of less educated people with lower incomes, such as managers, small business owners and secretaries. The upper middle class consist of highly educated business and professional people with high incomes, such as doctors, lawyers, and stockbrokers. The working class are those who are minimally educated who engage in manual labor with little or no prestige and usually the unskilled workers are underpaid. Lastly the lower class, they are classified as by poverty, homelessness, and unemployment. Some suffer from lack of medical care, decent clothing, sufficient housing and food, and vocational training. Inaccurately, the lower class are characterized as poor people as welfare mothers, drug dealers/abusers or criminals. The characterization of the the social classes may seem exaggerated but are accurate based
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