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SOC101-2nd paper n - 1 Dr. Petrie SOC101 31 March 2008 In...

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1 Dr. Petrie SOC101 31 March 2008 In The Hidden Cost of Being African American Thomas Shapiro looks at social status and the effects of wealth. He does so by examining four families with different circumstances. Shapiro begins with Vivian Arrora: a single mom living in Los Angeles. Her setting is important to the study; she lives in a poorer part of the city, but the best she could get with her income. Vivian’s job is steady but keeps her as a perpetual part of the working poor. Vivian is contrasted with Kathryn MacDonald, who may appear to be in a similar situation. Kathryn earns $16,000 a year to Vivian’s $20,000, however Kathyrn is satisfied with her job and satisfied with her working class white community. Kathyrn is white and Vivian black but it would be an overstatement to say the only difference between the two situations is race. Shapiro points to wealth as the cause. Kathyrn has a healthy inheritance that helps supplement her income, she also does not have to worry about the debt that Vivian does. Shapiro points to inherited wealth
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