Cultural Representations of Social Class

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Social Stratification
Cultural Representations of Social Class

Melba Theodis
Grantham University
15 November 2011

This essay will touch on the ways that culture is related to social class with the impact on identity and pride within the specific social classes. I will also describe how culture helps keep others outside of a specific social class. We will explore how culture reproduces social class from generation to generation. Social class is represented in the food we eat, the clothes we wear, where we shop and even the types of interests we have. This essay will attempt to cross the barriers of society and explain the differences in our lives, our communities, and the world.

Social Stratification
Cultural Representations of Social Class
Social stratification is an important area of research in sociology. Social stratification is a concept of class that groups people into separate categories based on shared socio-economic conditions. It is based on a hierarchy of ranking people who have access to valued resources of society that include: property, prestige, power and status. The differences have caused segregation even still as they are based on wealth, access to resources and a certain amount of power over others. For this reason, and because sociologists are generally concerned with social justice, stratification of society continues to elicit many theories, research studies, and social action in the field.

Is it safe to assume that not all people are created equal? Having resources can mean the difference between life and death. While I like to believe that all people are offered the same opportunities as others, there are cultural differences that are impossible to ignore. Social class is represented in the clothes we wear, the vacations we go on, the houses we live in, the friends we surround ourselves with and the list goes on and on. There are 4 general social classes which are: upper, middle, working and lower...
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