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SOCIAL CLASS IN THE UNITED STATES Classism —the belief that persons in the upper or privileged class are superior to those in the lower or working class, particularly in regard to values, behavior or lifestyle —virtually eliminates “democracy” in the US Consequences of Social Class or Inequality 1. Physical Health and Nutrition—uses Cohen’s great example (p. 198) of traveling on the DC Metro, and life expectancy increase by a year and a half for each mile traveled—access to medical care, to better diet(more expensive foods) and higher health culture (number of smokers decreases as income rises)—infant mortality and occupational hazards also affect life expectancy-- 2. Mental Health—since the 1930s, sociologist have found mental health of lower classes is much worse, due to economic pressures/vulnerability to street crimes/more physical illnesses than for upper classes—have fewer resources to treat mental illnesses, which then get worse and more destructive 3. Housing—from ownership to renting to homelessness—“affordable housing”
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Unformatted text preview: became important 4. Education and educational opportunities—are schools the factories for reproducing the capitalist system or do they offer social change or social mobility?— Jonathan Kozol shows how educational inequality socializes working-class children into a sense of inferiority—schools are class divided (public v private) with social implications—even preschool, as Jack Grubman demonstrated, become areas of class concern—Grubman helped Sanford Weill move millions so that Weill would vote to admit Grubman’s children to a prestigious pre-school in Manhattan 5. Crime and lack of physical safety—the different kinds of crime—“random” street violence is a response to social inequalities 6. Poverty 7. Family Life—affects choice of spouse and tensions of poverty lead to increased rates of divorces, spouse and child abuse 8. Religion—certain denominations like Episcopalian are more likely to attract upper class whites--...
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