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Music and Class 06:11 - Welcome to this lecture on class - Class is a tricky subject, especially for Americans for reasons I’ll discuss later - Before we go out to far, let’s lay out some definitions - In general, class refers to one’s status in society, as defined by one’s social circles, wealth, and level of education - We typically assume that class is about money – consider all the talk of “middle class tax cuts” in the new, for example - But class is defined and signaled by many things that are only remotely related to income - For example, how one speaks or writes, what one reads, what entertainment types one chooses, and taste in food or clothing are all part of class. - Here’s an example An experienced plumber can often earn a six-figure salary today. Yet pluming is usually considered a “blue collar” or “working class” job. A university professor in the humanities for contrast, usually earns about half or two thirds that amount, yet this occupation is considered a higher class occupation. To go even further a musician in
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