A person’s class status can be harder to identify than race or ethnic differences. However, I believe class status an important indicator about what kind of opportunities lie ahead for people in various class systems, although, I don’t necessarily agree with the current class structure. Class places people into a type of structure which goes against the principal belief “that in America all are created equal,” or that even the poorest child can become President some day if he or she applies him / her self. I agree with the argument of Mantsios and Fussell that social class remains largely invisible because our society doesn’t want to believe that poverty exists in America. If Americans acknowledged poverty, then they would have to take some kind of action and do something to remedy it. Such action, of course, would create a huge ripple effect involving the whole hierarchical system.
This can be a heated and bitter subject when one begins speaking of finances, more government funding, more education, or more taxes. It’s much easier to turn a blind eye and deaf ear toward the needs of the poor, homeless, and hungry rather than give up the government funding for some pork belly project that is so insignificant to the needs of our human society. As in the old adage, “out of sight, out of mind.” I realize in order for a society to exist there needs to be a certain amount of structure. I also believe we need to come up with a new ideology to re-create a new structure where those living below the poverty level can at least have the opportunity to rise above it and with dignity. All people need the opportunity to better themselves, not just some.
To what extent is class structure relevant to contemporary forms of identity? The term social stratification refers to the division of a society into layers (or strata) whose occupants have unequal access to social opportunities and rewards. People in the top strata enjoy privileges that are not available to other members of society; people in the bottom strata face obstacles that other members of ...
Defining class not only involves finances and education, but it incorporates family lineages, and job status. I’m sure it would include race as well. If something in life becomes stagnant there is no room for growth and without growth or purpose then life ceases to exist. The media continues to cater to the needs of the elite and government officials because that is the side their bread is buttered. Why give any recognition or acknowledge those in a lower class setting? It only draws attention to a NOT so perfect society. Occasionally the media will throw in a token and report that some big executive cheated and stole funds from a company to make the upper class seem “not so perfect.” It’s no secret to the rest of society that the elite rule the structure and makes most of the decisions where society is concerned.
Education is one big advantage to unlocking many doors throughout life, and most people beneath the middle class structure don’t have this advantage. This too, can create a ripple effect within its structure which is: unemployment, drugs and alcohol abuse, physical / sexual abuse, homelessness. The remainder of society doesn’t want to hear how poverty can cause tragedy even to the point of one taking one’s own life and the life of their child. What kind of society do we live in that death is the only alternative to poverty? One that wants to keep poverty hidden from the rest of the world hoping it will go away. The Catholic church is no exception to “living high on the hog.” We see some of its leaders living in the poshness of society and rubbing elbows with its elite.
Goal of the Course: The general goal of this course is to consider what philosophers call the Socratic commitment. Socrates, a Greek philosopher, 470-399 B. C. , was placed on trial in Athens because he questioned the political, moral, and religious practices of Athens. He gave his own defense which his pupil Plato recorded as The Apology (The Defense). When he was convicted for impiety to the ...
Even the affluent have their effects on the church (as stated in the following article).
Have Catholics no shame? We are only too human when it comes to wanting the best society has to offer. Fortunately, most religious believe in living a simple lifestyle which includes living in common with their brothers or sisters and working among the poor. Religious will never be poor according to society’s definition of poor because community meets all of their needs.
When we speak of poverty in religious life, we are referring to gospel poverty, not material poverty. They ask us to live simple lives, own no property, and share everything in common with other members. Gospel poverty is a choice; material poverty is destitution which means we live and are therefore considered part of the middle class. I see a society which doesn’t want to accept responsibility or be held accountable for the conditions it has created throughout history. We all need to be accountable to a certain extent. Before I became a religious (which is strictly counter cultural in today’s society) I worked in corporate America (Business Administration/Management) in the transportation industry for 22 years.
This is predominantly an all male industry and those women who had the courage to venture forth in this type of career are usually the more assertive ones. I’ve seen how greedy corporate America can be and that it has total disregard for the value of human life. I continually argued with my employer over “profit vs. justice,” especially when it involved a tired and worn out driver vs. a “hot load” that needed to be rushed because a particular plant would be shut down if the parts were not there. Profits were often placed above safety factors and government regulations as well.
I have seen many corporations close their doors and move to another country (especially Mexico) since NAFTA opened the borders, all in the name of “profit.” Labor abroad is cheap, the hours are grueling for only a few dollars a day, with no health or life insurance benefits, and since there are no EPA rules God only knows what types of chemicals are polluting the body or the water systems. I have witnessed aluminum coming into this country from Russia because it was much cheaper to process; however, it was contaminated with radiation. I know a few years back several truck loads of 100% plutonium were shipped from one state to our nation’s capital. I venture not to guess for what it was used. All for what? The almighty dollar? Strange how a piece of paper contains such almighty power that it enslaves people and could literally destroy a society if it wanted too. According to Fussell, over my lifetime, I’ve lived in a few classes.
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Growing up we were considered part of the working class. My siblings and I did attend parochial schools all twelve years. My father was a blue collar worker with only a high school education and I had a stay at home mother. Later, moving on my own some 200 miles away, I experienced a different class system, that of the lower class. Employers were beginning to want college educated people and this education I didn’t have. After living in a roach infested apartments for a few years, working where I could find employment, living in my car for two weeks, having people judge me because of my circumstances, I decided this was enough and began to put my life back on track.
I didn’t grow up like this and surely didn’t want to live like this. I got a clerical job in the transportation industry for a major moving carrier and worked my way up the corporate ladder into various management positions. I ended up saving my money and a few years later bought my first home. I also wanted more out of life so I started college but was never able to finish because of having to care for an ill family member. I had moved up in class and began to have respect for myself, especially being a single woman. Before I left for the convent, I had really moved up in class where I joked about “moving on up to the eastside.” I finally had achieved the “American Dream.” I bought my dream home which consisted of 4100 sq.
ft and 5 bedrooms, had an incredible paying job, a sports car, an enjoyable savings account, I had also purchased second home at P atoka Lake where I spent most weekends enjoying life on my new boat as well. While God had blessed me with many wonderful material things over the past twenty years I had never forgotten that and have helped others in need. Reality hit me in my early forties, and I wasn’t happy with my life. I always knew something was missing and what that was. The thought of entering a religious community had never left me since I was a child and therefore, I sold and gave up everything to be where I am today.
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Family, friends, and co-workers of course thought I was completely insane doing something that is so counter cultural because they knew how hard I had worked over the past twenty years at putting my life back together. I don’t deny at times missing some of life’s little luxuries. However, I have come to realize these things weren’t mine to begin with, they were gifts to enjoy for a short period and then passed onto others. In summary, yes the media does play a huge part in making most of the lower class disappear, because Americans can’t face the reality that a huge portion of American people live in poverty. I also speculate that putting people in a class structure is degrading and very demeaning. This can cause ill feelings and avoidance of what has become an uncomfortable subject.
The politically and financially powerful upper class influences various policies, which fosters unfairness and inequality in the society, but they totally overlook this and other problems. Despite our country’s professed equality all things are not equal, nor will they ever be. As long as a society exists there will always be economic and social inequality. Maybe a social revolution overdue?.