Youth Cultures lecture notes 6

Privileged new york wasps o wasp is a north american

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Privileged New York “WASPS” o WASP is a North American sociological term derived from an acronym for White Anglo-Saxon Protestant. It originated in the United States in reference to white people with an "old money" heritage. The word is frequently used in a derogatory fashion. Working class whites are not usually referred to as WASPs, even if they are Protestants of Anglo-Saxon descent. Members of the privileged class of Americans reveal the tribal markers that help them recognize who truly “belongs.” o Upwardly mobile African Americans in North Carolina Middle class African-Americans offer a perspective on the complicated relationship between race and social class in the United States
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o Struggling minimum-wage workers in Ohio A single mother of four, off welfare after eighteen years, struggles to keep her family together and to get along with a son who is embarrassed by her low status. o Proud Georgia “rednecks” o Blue-collar suburbanites in New Jersey Pat Gulden, owner of the largest concrete lawn-ornament store on the eastern seaboard, defends a blue-collar decorative tradition o Cliquey Texas high-school students CLASS DISCUSSION OPINION One of America’s great national myths is that we live in a classless society; a place where poor children grow up to be a president or at least president of some large company. Publicly, we all proclaim our allegiance to this belief: 85% of Americans place themselves in the middle class, whether they earn $20,000 or $320,000 The film looks at how class really works in America, examining how it affects our understanding of race and gender, investigating the exclusion of class from the national debate, and probing the ways in which class differences shape daily life.
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  • Fall '12
  • ProfessorMileston
  • Middle class African-Americans, Privileged New York

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