project2 - Part 1: Analysis of social place, or class...

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Part 1: Analysis of “social place”, or class position, in the US. (10 pts total) Look at the web site below for the information you need to answer the questions in part 1. http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/national/20050515_CLASS_GRAPHIC/in dex_01.html The New York Times graphic identifies four components of class: 1) Occupation 2) Education 3) Income and 4) Wealth FIRST . Move around these four components of class to see how occupation, education level, income and overall wealth impacts where a person is placed in the American class system. What are some of the highest/lowest status occupations? Where does a Bachelor’s degree place you in the class hierarchy--bottom fifth, lower middle, middle, upper middle, or top fifth of American society? If you do not finish High School, where does it place you in the class hierarchy? NEXT. Choose one of the three scenarios below and circle the scenario that applies to you and your family: a ) I am financially independent of my family, have worked for many years, and will be analyzing my own class position. b) Only one of my parents work . If so, use the working parent's occupation, educational attainment level and estimated income/annual salary. If you have no idea of your family's general wealth (as measured by real estate holdings, retirement accounts, investments, savings, etc.) then use a value you think best reflects your family's wealth, or use the median wealth value of $50-100,000. c ) Both of my parents work. If so, use the parent with the highest status occupation and his/her educational attainment level. Then use the combined estimated income/salaries of both parents. If you have no idea of your family's general wealth (as measured by real estate holdings, retirement accounts, investments, savings, etc.) then use a value you think best reflects your family's wealth, or the median wealth value of $50-100,000. THEN . Plug in the information about your family into the interactive table on the NYTimes web site above. When you have completed this step, look at the left side of the page for the list YOUR CHOICES and note the percentiles of your family’s occupation, education, income and wealth. NOW ANSWER 1
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What is the average percentile ranking for your family? ________________ In which fifth of the US class hierarchy does this put your family? _________ REPEAT what you did above, but use the features listed below. The family you construct using these data looks much like the family of one of the service workers that are employed at the University of Delaware. PLUG in information from below: 1. Occupation (choose/circle one): food preparation, grounds keeping, janitorial services (note differences in the prestige of jobs) 2. Education (choose/circle one): High School graduate, or 12th grade with no diploma (note the difference a HS degree makes) 3. Income: use $10.00 hour for a 40 hour week over 52 weeks in the year 4. Wealth (choose/circle one): $20-30,000, or $10-20,000 NOW ANSWER What is the
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2009 for the course GEOG 102 taught by Professor Browning during the Spring '06 term at University of Delaware.

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