II. Classism & Social Problems 09/17/2012
What is class?
Groups of people of similar economic and social position, and because of this shared position may have
similar politics, lifestyles, consumption patterns, cultural interests, and opportunities to get ahead.
The social construction of class
The meaning of things does not come from some “natural” state, but rather is developed by social and
Social construction of class
Class is more than economic standing. It is culture, behavior, values, language, attire.
Ex: titanic: leo de caprio wears suit: upper class BUT new money
System of power based on class through which upper and middle classes are advantaged over the working
class and poor.
Individual classism rich person calling second hand store clothes “tacky”
Institutionalized classism public schools in poor neighborhoods not given good books b/c funding depends
on property taxes from the region.
Cultural classism TV shows that portray working class people as ‘bafoons’ homer simpson
Acceptance and justification of classism by working class and poor people.
Ex: feeling of superiority to someone of a lower class, saying that the way classism works is right and “just
the way it is”
How connected your parent’s economic status is to your own economic status. READINGS 09/17/2012
Reading Tired of Playing Monopoly?
Americans are given false pretenses in order to believe that all those who work can achieve greatness.
Fail to recognize it has something more to do with race, gender, & other limitations.
Giving false hope to those in poverty as well as giving allusions reinstates the system of hierarchy we live in
Keeps them in order
TO RICH/MIDDLE CLASS:
Gives false reasoning for them to believe that what they have earned should be theirs solely because of all
the hard work they have overcome.