Alicia Lewis Instructor Edward Hernandez Soc 100 Introduction to Sociology October 29, 2011 Social Mobility
The terminology of forming social classes came into societal presence during the 18th century and was widely used in the 19th century. It was then that certain classed (or categories) of people would be divided into more specific groups, sometimes based on orders of hierarchy and considering a persons intelligence position in the community heritage property ownership and/or dependence on wages earned.
Even though the basic phenomenon of recognizing different classes of people was, at first, accepted, it was also widely criticized. Early on, confusion developed on how to identify the classes and how wide-spread the divisions of classes should be. For example, James Madison, one of our founding fathers said Those who hold property and those who are without property have ever formed distinct interest in society. Those who are creditors, and those who are debtors, fall under a like distinction. (Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., William Benton, Publ., 1943-1974, Vol. 16).
Many researchers later became concerned about how the different classes would be regarded. As time went on, there was more evidence that antagonisms arose between two of the more prominent classes of people the bourgeoisie and proletariat. More simply putupper class and lower class. Once of the major problems in choosing a class of people was how to determine who would be placed in which group in a particular societyancient cities, empires, kingdoms, feudal societies and even modern capitalist societies. It was very difficult to place classes of people without taking into account all facets of characteristics, property owned (including farmland), gender and religious distinction.
In todays society many classed have divided over political distinction. We also differentiate between social classes and interest groups. Modern society has a way of pitting upper, middle and lower class...
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