SOC 160 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Bourgeoisie

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Published on 8 Sep 2018
Soc 160
Land of Opportunity
o The possibility of achieving the “American Dream”
Higher standards of living that the previous generation
Possibility of social mobility
o Upward and downward movement in a class system
o Most of us don’t want to get rid of the upper 1% because we strive to get there
one day
Possibility of American Dream and Social Mobility
o Is the process of mobility important?
To the individual-yes but it is debatable to the society
Social Problem
o Class inequality
U.S. has a significant social satisfaction
People are happy with where they are and where they are going
Measuring Social Class
o Karl Marx (1818-1883)
Relationship to means of production in capitalist society
Bourgeoisie- own means of production
Proletariat- work for those who own means of production
o Max Weber (1864-1920)
The interplay between these factors determine one’s position (Bourgeoisie
or Proletariat
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