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Unformatted text preview: Inequality in the U.S. Dimensions of Social Inequality Income, wealth, prestige Schooling Ancestry, race, and gender Social class in the U.S. The Upper Class (5% of population) Upper –Uppers/ “blue bloods”/ “old society”/ “old money” Lower –Uppers/Working rich/ new rich/nouveau riche • Born into this class • Go to prestigious schools and get those jobs • Women do volunteer work to help and to make connections for family and themselves • Not very diverse in race • All get high degrees beyond an undergraduate, and extremely prestigious careers The Middle Class (45% of population) Upper – Middles ($110,000 - $191,000 a year) Average – Middles ($45,000 - $110,000 a year) • Advertising is all targeted to this class • Diverse in race • Upper – Middles: Most earn a college degree and gain prestigious occupations • Lower – Middles: Public schools, 50/50 chance of getting a college degree, The Working Class (30% of population)...
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This note was uploaded on 10/12/2010 for the course SOCIOLOGY 250 taught by Professor Chacon during the Spring '09 term at Western Illinois University.
- Spring '09