“....fearful the poor would plunder the rich… (they) admitted that the rich, unrestrained, would also plunder the poor (Hofstadter 57).” One class can not have too much power because it would lead to an anarchy. This document meant to hold up a democracy, not anarchy. The reason why the rich benefitted from the system was because if they had not, the social classes would have been
According to the PBS Frontline video “Poor Kids” 2012, more than 46 million Americans are living beneath the poverty line. The United States alone has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the industrialized world. It is stated that 1 out of 5 children are living in poverty. The video documented the lives of three families who are faced with extreme hardships and are battling to survive a life of being poor. All three families have more than one child and could barely afford to pay their bills and purchase food for their household.
This abuse is the thing that permits the owning classes to command politically and to force their philosophy on the laborers of the world. Max Weber refined Marx 's conflict theory (Fish, 2005). Weber expressed that more than one conflict over property existed at any given minute in any given society, which is more nuanced than Marx 's theory that the main battle of significance was that amongst proprietors and laborers. Weber incorporated an enthusiastic part of conflict too: Feminist theory is one of the real contemporary sociological theories, which examines the status of women and men in society with the motivation behind utilizing that information to better women 's lives. Feminist scholars likewise address the contrasts between women, including how race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, and age meet with sex.
Myrtle cheating on Mr. Wilson shows Fitzgerald characterizing her as a money hungry classist individual whose only care is gaining a large amount of wealth to achieve the American Dream, not caring about those who it hurts such as Mr. Wilson who represents the lower socioeconomic class in the book. In a similar way, the redevelopment of Willets Point is an example of how the American Dream and classism affects those who are not affluent enough to fight back. Urban redevelopment like this only usually helps those who are already wealthy while hurting those who do not have anything to gain from it. For example, in an article by Kenneth Jackson he writes “[destroying] working-class neighborhoods to luxury apartments, breathtaking medical and cultural centers” (Robert Moses and the Rise of New York). In this situation, the people in the working-class neighborhoods have their homes decimated to make more suitable living conditions for those who are above that working socioeconomic class and who can afford to spend the large amount of money required to live
There are a vast amount of negative effects that are caused by the political machine in both history and today's modern society. One problem that is present throught both history and now is corruption. As shown with Boss Tweed in the 1800s and most politcs today, politicians can use the political machine for their own financial wants and needs. As an example, Boss Tweed used the political machine to create fake leases and vouchers to increase his wealth, which, as a result, financially drained New York City. Another problem is that political machines will often be negative for canidates not involved in the machines.
Stereotyping Societal Standings in The Great Gatsby The novel The Great Gatsby demonstrates the effect of wealth and socioeconomic status in the environment occupied by characters who are presented in being of different societal classes. The role of socioeconomic status in the characters involved within this novel is representative of the idea that one’s wealth and social class does indeed influence his role and location in society. The portrayal of poverty stricken people having low moral standing and wealthy people having arrogance towards others often seems stereotypical, yet it is true to life when considering the roles people play today because of their having money. You can interpret the social standing of the characters obviously offering
To see the story from only the side of the rich would give an ideal and biased look into the roaring twenties, and things are never ideal in the world, for there is always poverty and suffering. His theme of the pursuit of wealth is shown early as to quickly show the reader the corruption that money could have on a person, leading them to take large risks that they wouldn’t otherwise take. When looking at Nick describing the valley of ashes, we can learn that he is not used to the environment. His use of words like “foul”, desolate”, “ghastly”, and “bleak” show that his doesn’t particularly enjoy the place, but doesn’t go out of his way to go forth and tell the reader that the Valley of Ashes is a disgusting place.
Corporate greedy and corrupt politicians were specific problems and injustices that were present in American life during the late 1800s and early 1900s however these were addressed during the progressive era with laws and regulations. Throughout the gilded era corrupt politicians and corporate greedy allowed the upper class and businessmen to take advantage of the working class. This means that a majority of the population were hurt during the gilded age whereas a small percentage benefitted. As seen in document 1, living conditions were crowded, dirty, and unsafe.
Second Paper The cause of The Great Depression was attributed to the sloppy, careless behavior of banks, who were being too speculative in the way that they were investing their assets while simultaneously buying new issues with the intention of reselling them to the public. Companies were being given questionable loans in order to stay afloat by the same banks who held a stock interest in them! The banks, in turn, would then advise their clients to invest in the same companies that were being propped up by the banks. Eventually, this cycle blurred the lines of what banking was truly intended to do, and when compounded with the amount of risk involved with this type of behavior, the marked crashed.
Christopher Hayes investigates the influence of the elite that hindered the rising of the middle class and prevented the overturning of capitalistic regime. Hayes explores the concept of meritocracy revealing the issues that prevent equal opportunity for all citizens. Thus, Hayes theorizes that the uprising of the rising middle class may have been unachievable based on the unequal distribution of power and resources that promote the endurance of the elite. Hayes suggests that elite is both a social status that pertains to specific ideological assumptions of this class, alongside with the economic associations of the elite as a social construct embedded in society. Hayes reflects on major historical times that promoted the supremacy of the elite.
Columnist Scott Gilmore brings to light the operations of payday loan companies and the impact that they have on society. Although the payday loan companies seem to take advantage of the financially vulnerable members of society, perhaps the true fault lies within the education of society. A devastatingly large portion of society seeks out payday loans, and the results are appalling. As mentioned by Gilmore in the article, “[A correlation was found] between the number of payday lenders in a neighborhood and premature mortality”. This reveals a lot regarding the repercussions of seeking out loans that in turn create greater loans.
In the 1940s and the 1950s the conflict theory was ignored because sociologist thought it was solely economic. Today, sociologists see that conflict is found between many different groups in society. (Crossman) According to the conflict theory, inequality is the result of those who are wealthy, typically those in the upper one percent, which impose their mode of social order on the rest of the general society. In result, society is constantly competing for limited resources.
The Sociological Perspective – Conflict Perspective The conflict perspective assumes that social life is shaped by groups and individuals who struggle or compete with one another over various resources and rewards, resulting in particular distributions of power, wealth, and prestige in societies and social systems. The absence of jobs, low income, and a high cost of living caused by inflation creates an opportunity for human traffickers. Trafficked people are usually lured with empty promises of employment, better pay, and security. When they arrive to their final destination, they learn they have been deceived and suffer different forms of abuse.