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.
New York Times graphic
identifies four components of class:
1) Occupation 2) Education 3) Income and 4) Wealth
. 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?
Choose one of the three scenarios below and
the scenario that
applies to you and your family:
I am financially independent of my family, have worked for many years, and
will be analyzing my own class position.
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.
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.
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.