Social Class

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Kathleen Sussek
Intro to Sociology
Web Quest #2

Social class is more than just how much money you have, it’s also the clothes you wear, the school you attend, the home you live in and the car you drive. What social class you belong to has a very large impact on how you interact with others. People from lower classes have a different way of thinking about the world. Lower class people have to depend on others more and are much better at reading others emotions where as upper-class people don’t read others emotions well and tend to hoard resources. Upper-class people also are not as generous as they could be.

The ability to rise in social class has been an American Dream but studies have found that when people rise in wealth they don’t always become happier and they often become less empathetic.

We all know that there are a variety of different types of stratification but social class is the main division of people. The Gini index is a way that we measure the extent to which the distribution of income. The Gini index is a measurement of the income distribution of a country’s residents. This number, which ranges from 0 to 1, is based on residents’ net income. This number helps us to define the gap between the wealthiest and the poorest. A 0 represents an economy with perfect equality while a 1 represents a perfect inequality.

Do not mistake the measurement of income distribution with the measurement of wealth. A country that is wealthy may have the same Gini score as a poorer country. The United States has a Gini score of 0.45 and ranks near the extreme end of the inequality scale. The countries with comparable inequality scores are Madagascar, Ecuador, Rwanda and Cameroon. A number of those countries are currently embroiled in or emerging from destabilizing conflicts. Some of those conflicts have derived from inequality. With the level of inequality in the United States, I could see this becoming a destabilizing conflict here....
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