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B. Social Class and Politics One's social class influences how one views the world. Thus, political views are shaped by the family, work, and educational institutions of society. There are always exceptions, but generally speaking, the higher you are on the social ladder the more likely you are to vote Republican. The lower classes, which feel less secure about their livelihood, are more likely to vote Democratic. But the working classes tend to be more liberal on economic issues, but more conservative on social issues. Upper classes and more educated also are more likely to vote and get involved in politics than lower classes. Upper classes have a higher sense of political efficacy. C. Social Class and Health One's social class has a direct impact on one's health. The lower one is on the social ladder, the more likely they are to die before the expected age. One of the main reasons for this is that there is less access to health care for the classes at the bottom of the social ladder. Lower classes depend more on ER care and are less likely to be insured since insurance depends on holding a good job. (One of the arguments put forth for health reform.) Unsafe and unhealthy work environments are other contributing factors. The members of the lower classes also have more mental health problems due to the stress package that comes with living in poverty. D. Social Class and Technology With the movement to an information-based society, those in the lower classes have a more difficult time adjusting to new technology/education, and henceforth, finding good paying jobs. The upper classes benefit from the technology because they can move a business from one country to another and because they manage the technology. The poor do not benefit. Their bargaining power is decreased. As new technology enters the workplace, it eliminates jobs (usually unskilled, lower class jobs). The lower classes have even less to offer in the marketplace. Their lack of education puts them in menial jobs. Technical skills and computer skills are more likely to get you a higher paying job. The poor have less access to technology. E. Socialization/Values 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 (tendency). 10
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ISS 225 Power, Authority, Exchange Social Class F. Formal Education Class correlates with education in a number of ways. Our education system can perpetuate inequality or it may act as a means for social mobility. Since education is community based, class determines the quality of school, teachers and curriculum. (Compare Bloomfield Hills to inner city Detroit schools). The importance of education receives greater emphasis in upper classes; therefore, children of the upper classes are more likely to attend college. College also costs a lot of money, not available to many of the poor. Therefore education may perpetuate class differences.
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