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family_lec10_socialclass_3pg - 10/5/2010 Social Class and...

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10/5/2010 1 Sociology of the Family Prof. Mouzon Social Class and Families Rising Income Inequality in the U.S. 43.3 43.7 46.6 49.6 50.1 49.7 24.5 24.9 24 23 23.2 23.4 17.4 16.9 15.9 14.9 14.7 14.8 10.8 10.3 9.6 8.9 8.7 8.7 4.1 4.3 3.9 3.6 3.4 3.4 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 1970 1980 1990 200 2004 2007 Highest 1/5 Fourth 1/5 Third 1/5 Second 1/5 Lowest 1/5
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10/5/2010 2 Defining Social Class Social class : An ordering of all persons in society by degrees of economic resources, prestige, and/or privilege Common measures (operationalizations) of social class Educational attainment Occupation Income Life chances : access to opportunities for social mobility Class Privilege : Advantages, prerogatives, and options that are available to those in the middle/upper classes. Confer dominance, power, and entitlement from “the system” 5 Types of Families Wealthy Families Professional Families Middle-Class Families Blue Collar Families Families in Poverty Classes of Families: Families of Poverty Highest unemployment rate Nuclear family hardest to sustain Lowest marriage rate Highest divorce rates Most likely to expand family boundaries Carol Stack No More Kin (1974) Low- income Black families in “The Flats” Key findings
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10/5/2010 3 Classes of Families: Blue-Collar Families Largest single group of working families in the U.S. Manufacturing and service sectors Race/ethnic minorities, female-headed households Tenuous job security (why?). This leads to: Financial strife, marital strife Potential survival strategies:
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