Topics: Sociology, Working class, Middle class Pages: 3 (969 words) Published: January 28, 2013
Jonathan Rodriguez
Paper #1


Each of our lives is a small but essential part of society. What we do and who we are goes down in history, written or not. We are individuals, part of groups which together with other groups form institutions. These institutions make up society as well as define it. Society is a huge social structure that we all make up and are a part of. That being said, in this paper three different types of viewpoints will be discussed, self in society, society in self, and self versus society. Self in society will define my place in the social structure as well as trace back my family roots. For society in self, the influence that my family had on me in my early years will discussed along with its changes. Finally for self versus society, the question of how I came to be according to my experiences will be answered. These are three of the many viewpoints that tie up to society.

First off, as mentioned earlier, society is a structure that is composed and divided into different parts. According to the article “Moving up from the working class”, the social structure is divided into three classes (Morris and Grimes). These classes are labeled the upper class (rich), the middle class (not so rich), and the working class (poor). Your salary defines your place in this structure. That being said, most individuals say that they consider themselves middle class. No one wants to admit to their salary, for all we know they may be part of the upper class or even the lower class. Now, self in society defines oneself in the structure that we know as society. In other words, self in society is where you are “placed” in the class structure. This system may seem to work but for others it is unfair. Why? Well, my family is a good example on the flaws of this class system. The historical force that brought my family here was migration. My family was born in Mexico and migrated here back in the early 1990’s. Once here,...
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