Social Stratification During The Upper Class

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The categorized ranking of individuals in a society who have dissimilar access to valued resources is referred to as social stratification (Kendall, p.221). The factors that play a role in selecting who is in which class depends on wealth, income, education, and occupation. These factors affect how much power and prestige a person has. Social stratification in American is broken into about four social classes; upper class, middle class, working class, and working poor. The upper class makes up only 1 to 3% of the U.S. population, but holds more than 25% of the nation’s wealth ("Mobility, measured", 2014). The people in the upper class are considered to be the most prestigious, powerful, and wealthiest class. Prestige is the respect, recognition, or regard attached to social position (Kendall, p.229). People envy the upper class because of their great quantity or of money, valuable possessions, and property, known as wealth (Kendall, p.231). They live in exclusive neighborhoods, gather at expensive social clubs, and send their children to the finest schools. As might be expected, they also exercise a great deal of influence and power both nationally and globally. The members of the upper class have either inherited their money or worked hard to get to where they are (Francis, 2012). Next, we have the middle class also referred to as the “sandwich class”. They have to move money than those who are below them, but less money than the upper class. The middle class makes up
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