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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC 3391
Professor
William M.Last
Semester
Fall

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Consequences of social class: -class has a profound impact on our lives -lots of evidence Quality of life= life chances -affected by class -life chances increase as you go up the class hierarchy and decreases as you go down the class hierarchy -even when we have universal health coverage (Canada) -members of the lower class have higher infant mortality rates (die w/n first 6 months) -due to prenatal and postnatal care -can see this globally -poorer countries have higher rates of infant mortality -ex. Afghanistan has one of the highest rates (relativistically) -lower classes also have higher rates of general mortality -keeps increasing (in wealthy countries) -women seem to live longer and make it up to the age of 90s -lower orders are more likely to suffer from physical ailments and more likely to suffer from psychological disorders -health improves as go up the class hierarchy Why?  -less knowledge of health related issues among members of lower class orders -less interest b/c those people seem to have a more fatalistic attitude towards life ‘que sera sera’ whatever will be will be -have a lack of control over their own lives -fate affects all of us -but poor people are more fatalistic b/c they lack that control of their lives -lack of power (powerlessness) associated w/ poorer health -wealthier people live longer b/c they have the money -upper classes live longer b/c they have higher levels of education, have more knowledge in connection to a healthier lifestyle -i.e. healthier food, diet -poor people are less likely to use medical facilities when they’re sick -poor people are more likely to smoke cigarettes -they have a higher tendency to use hard drugs (even alcohol and tobaccoboth are very addictive) -i.e. cocaine, crack, heroine, meth -research on ecstasy: even w/ a few uses of the drug, it affects memory -marijuana: -used by the Rastafarians in Jamaica -marijuana is a part of their subculture -they smoke Jamaican dope which is powerful -took a sample of their dope and compared it to a group of Jamaican non-smokers and did cognitive tests -found that there were no differences -research on marijuana on monkeys -showed damaging effects (but may have been due to the high doses they were given daily) -lower strata also experience more dangerous working conditions -ex. white collar workers -prone to getting carpal tunnel syndrome from typing -ex. factories (GM) -people get mutilated, injured, killed -ex. mining -very dangerous, floods, cave-ins, coal gas -used to put canaries which helped to measure the intensity of coal gas -keep an eye on them and if they died that meant that coal gas was accumulating to dangerous levels (early warning system) -ex. construction, logging, ocean fishing -lifestyle also differs: 1. Consumption patterns 2. Leisure activities 3. Political involvement 4. Attitu
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