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SOC-151 Test Essay 1 The American Dream can be described as a belief in the freedom that allows all citizens of the United States to achieve their goals in life through hard work. As easy as it sounds, in reality, those who are not defined as white suffer great difficulty to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps.” In the past, race has been thought to be a biological concept, but it is now assumed to be a variable that is socially constructed and shaped by broader societal forces (Omi & Winant p.170). Also, the differences in physical features “supposedly provide visible clues to differences [between] intellectual, physical and artistic temperaments” (Omi & Winant p.172), causing others too look down upon the work ethic of others of different races. The upper class exists as a “set of interrelated social institutions,” meaning members are brought up differently beginning at infancy and continuing to old age (Domhoff p.266). It is difficult for those who are struggling financially to get a new job and move up the social ladder because they simply were not raised
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course SOC 151 taught by Professor Brandsen during the Spring '08 term at Calvin.

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