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the first estate were justified by the personal qualities of each aristocrat (military skill, bravery, loyalty etc.). Eventually these traits became hereditary and people believed they belonged to the estate that suited them. Social rank was assigned byGod.Marx’s conception of class: The most important thing about any society was its economic system, especially the means by which it produced the stuff that people need tosurvive
oBourgeoisie: those who own the means of production – the factories and other large production facilitiesoProletariat: their place in the means of production is labor, the have only their labor power to sellWeber’s concept of class: It isn’t where one stands in relation to the means of production, but rather where one stands in the market situationoLifestyle: distinctive ways in which people consume goods and services; the social customs associated with each class. Lifestyle differences tend to reflect people’s financial and social resources.oLife chances: indicates the probabilities concerning the fate an individual can expect in life.