Chapter_8___Social Class in the United States

Chapter_8___Social Class in the United States - SOCL 151...

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SOCL 151, PRINCIPLES OF SOCIOLOGY CHAPTER EIGHT, SOCIAL CLASS in the UNITED STATES LEARNING OBJECTIVES 1. Define: social class, wealth, power, power elite, prestige, property, status consistent and status inconsistency. 2. Explain how sociologists today use occupation to measure social class. 3. Point out inequities in the distribution of wealth and income in the U.S. 4. Describe how social class makes a difference in the lives of individuals (especially economic differences.). 5. Review inequality in the U.S. for the past 200 years. 6. Review the sociological models of social class: Eric Wright’s updated model of Marx, Kahl and Gilbert’s updated model of Weber’s ideas. 7. Distinguish between the three types of social mobility. 8. Discuss the best predictors of mobility and one's educational level. 9. Relate the Horatio Alger’s idea on inequality (American Dream) to reality. 10. Explain absolute poverty and relative poverty. 11. Review how the poverty level determined. 12. Explain the culture of poverty. 13. Review the profile of the poor. SOCIAL CLASS Social class is the ranking of people according to the relative amount of resources that each group has. These resources are power, property and prestige. Power is the ability to direct others behaviors; property is total assets and prestige is often called respect. The amount of these resources affects all aspects of one’s life and is distributed very unequally.
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