Lower Class - children. B. Socialization Class also shapes...

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Lower Class (20 percent) The lower-class consists of the poor. The lower-class experiences high rates of unemployment and dependency on government, employers, the state of the economy, and landlords. People from the lower-class are not likely to succeed in the educational system. They experience prejudice from the legal system. This class seldom exerts itself politically. F. The Under-class (1 percent) See William Julius Wilson (1980, 1987) VIII. Consequences of Class Position A. Dating and Marriage Children tend to seek out those who act, speak, and have the same cultural values as themselves. The upper class also arranges social events such that upper class children meet only upper class
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Unformatted text preview: children. B. Socialization Class also shapes values and norms and these norms and values in turn determine how people act in social settings like school and occupation. Middle-class children grow up valuing independence more than working-class people while working-class people prefer conformity. C. Health In general the higher the social class, the greater the life expectancy. The poor are subject to more infant deaths and disease than the upper classes. Rates of mental illness also go up as social class goes down and the poor are less likely to receive treatment. The higher level of stress is one explanation for higher rates of mental illness....
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