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The American Dream Entails Upward Social Mobility

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For many, the American Dream entails upward social mobility. For a few, the dream of increased social status comes true. Throughout my life, I experienced many changes in my socio-economic class. I was born into a working Middle Class family. Both of my parents graduated from high school but neither attended college. My father worked the stereotypical nine to five job as a bank teller. My mother was a stay at home parent raising me along with my two older brothers. We could have been described as the typical Middle Class American family. As the term Middle Class implies, our family was not wealthy, but at the same point, we were not considered poor. My parents were able to afford a roof over our head, food on the table, and heat to keep us warm during the cold Wisconsin winters. Our class status changed when my father began earning more money. Along with the increase in monetary items came changes to my father’s social status. He was suddenly being offered opportunities that were previously off limits to him. He was introduced to individuals who in their own right were wealthy and well off. Through those new personal connections, my father’s wealth, power, and prestige increased. Those three factors are what make-up Max Weber’s concept of Socio-Economic Status. By reflecting on my own experiences regarding changes in socio-economic status, it is easier to understand the various categories that make-up socio-economic status.
Today, the Socio-Economic System
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