Sociology 360 - Chapter 6 - Reading 10_05_2010

Sociology 360 - Chapter 6 - Reading 10_05_2010 - Sociology...

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Sociology 360 Reading Notes October 5, 2010 Reading: Kendall – Framing Class . “Splintered Wooden Frames: The Middle Class” (Chapter 6) Middle-Class An ambiguously defined social class in the United States While the concept remains largely ambiguous in popular opinion and common language use contemporary sociologists have put forward several, more or less congruent, theories on the American middle class o Depending on class model used, the middle class may constitute anywhere from 25% to 66% of households Middle class persons commonly have a comfortable standard of living, significant economic security, considerable work autonomy and rely on their expertise to sustain themselves Everyone wants to believe they are middle class. ..But this eagerness. ..has led the definition to be stretched like a bungee cord Members of the middle class belong to diverse groups which overlap with each other A college education is one of the main indicators of middle class status
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