In conclusion, the American society is constructed mainly of three aspects: race, class and economics. “People like us: Social Class in America”, a documentary by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker, discussed how race, class and economics all shape the experiences people have and the film shows how these aspects are connect and overlap. It is also proven that media is a major contributor to how society thinks and acts toward cultural issues. In “Making Claims: The role of language in the Construction of Social Problems”, by Zaid Munson, he describes how framing words is an important aspect of claims making and this influences society.
One way to view these articles is through the lens of a functionalist. Functionalism is a way of seeing society
People Like Us: Social Class in America Film Review
America is a complex and diverse web of individuals marked by social stratification, a system by which a society ranks categories of people in a hierarchy (Macionis, 2011, p.204). The film People Like Us: Social Class in America discusses the class system, social stratification based on both birth and individual achievement, which the American people use to define others (Macionis, 2011, p.206). It explores the many variables that….
SOCIAL CLASS IN AMERICA
TEACHER 'S GUIDE
PEOPLE LIKE US:
Contributing Editors: Julie Hey Alicia Ellis & Amy Foerster Susan Kempler Eva Abbamonte
Table of Contents
I. INTRODUCTION TO PEOPLE LIKE US: SOCIAL CLASS IN AMERICA ..................... 3 II. PROGRAM OUTLINE .................................................................................. 4 III. PRE-VIEWING ACTIVITIES ........................................................................ 6 IV. POST-VIEWING DISCUSSION….
that I wear affects other?s opinions of who I am. Peers may perceive that my ?class? is perhaps different than what it truly is only because of the way I present myself through my appearance. This is a false perception and entirely superficial. Today there are so many ways to measure success and social class that no one is ever really sure which one a person belongs to. Everything can be used to define a person?s class position which makes it harder to talk about much less define.
Anyone who is….
have a lot to do with social class. Social class has changed a lot over the years, and it is still present today. While some want to be in a higher class because they want more money, others just want to achieve fame and recognition. The class system creates a world where the Upper class interact with the upper class, the middle class interact with the middle, and the lower with the middle. Social class appears in history, modern U.S.A, and our very lives today.
Social class has played a large part….
I don’t know because social class in America is different than the one in India. Here, a person may inherit their class but can lose their status depending how they turn out in future. While India if you are born into the cast (social class) you stay that way for the rest of you live. Yes, you can ban social class but, it I do not think it will make any difference in world.….
Paper #2 Analysis of Stratification
This paper will describe this student’s informed opinion regarding the class structure in the United States in terms of social class. Prior to researching for this paper this student did not think much about social class. However after knowing what she now knows it seems impossible to not realize the stratification in society. This paper will discuss key terms, additional readings, new knowledge regarding social class, and a critique….
Prior to the “Social Class” lecture, I viewed social class as a concept that refers to a group of people who has a specific amount of wealth. I believed the term was simple, and that the income you earn placed you at the social class you live in. My family and I are in the middle social class, where we are able to pay rent with the pay checks we just earn and invest the rest in savings. On the other hand, I saw those who were high in social class living with luxury items, dining at expensive restaurants….
Mantsios Class in America
In Mantsios article “Class in America” he states that Americans hold beliefs that blind them to social classes, citizens in America have four myths they use to ensure talk about the classes never take place. America has the largest gap between rich and poor in the world, and the lower class has no means to an end they can’t afford health care or quality education. The upper class avoids talk about social class the most; wealthy people don’t want to admit that they are better….
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Class in America- Gregory Mantsios
"Myth 1: The United States is fundamentally a classless society. Class distinctions are largely irrelevant today, and whatever differences do exist in economic standing, they are - for the most part- insignificant...
Myth 2: We are, essentially, a middle-class nation...
Myth 3: We are all getting richer. The American public as a whole is steadily moving up the economic ladder, and each generation propels itself to greater economic well-being….
Class in America
For years, the United States has been selling the idea of what is known as “the American Dream”. This means that in America, anyone can recreate him or herself and climb up the ladder of social class. The standard way of thinking about class has it that the only factor that separates the classes is money. I’ve always believed that social class is determined by upbringing, education, and money, and that all three need to be good in order to become a member of the upper class.