The American dream is a dream of a land in which one can prosper with ambition and hard work. This idea has created many illusions for some because in reality the American dream is proven to be something that is rarely achieved. No individual is guaranteed success or destined for failure, but it is apparent that women, people of color, and those born into poverty will face greater obstacles than others, despite being a greater part of the American population. An author that tackles the issue of class in the United States is Gregory Mantsios. In his essay, “Class in America-2009”, Mantsios aims to prove that class affects people’s lives in drastic ways.
“As my bones grew they did hurt bad, they hurt really bad. I tried hard to have a father, instead I had a dad,” sang Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in “Serve the Servants”. Which for Cobain was to reflect his weak bond with his dad, as it states how he didn’t have a father to guide him and Cobain’s severe pain from scoliosis. The scoliosis was a metaphorical stand point to emphasize how he had no one to help shape the structure of his emotional turmoil as he was growing older. Fahrenheit 451, a novel about a dystopian society by Ray Bradbury, perfectly exhibits this fading of proper parenting.
Lareau, A. (2011). Unequal childhoods: Class, race, and family life. Univ of California Press. In a country that is known for its equal opportunity for all, this research revealed the ways in which children are not given equal chances to be successful throughout their childhood.
In A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Ruby Payne try’s to explain the behaviors and barriers of three social classes: poverty, middle class, and wealth. Beyond the social class of poverty, it’s a breakdown of the elements of the classes and the ‘hidden rules’ each one has. She stresses that these hidden rules aren’t taught in businesses or schools, these of which function as the hidden rules of middle class. Payne states these hidden rules aren’t exactly natural, they’re learned, and as one grows up in a particular class those rules are set in place. She lists all the rules in each class, and the differences are striking.
The way we view each other in terms of finance, education, and family aspects depends on a person’s social class. Students from lower backgrounds usually experience difficulty in the educational system. The educational standards of their family’s life differ from those in the higher classes because teachers teach according to the student. Meaning, not only does having a particular social class already separate you in terms of the educational system, but it also determines how and what you learn. From personal experience I’ve learned how to see from the perspective of a student who is of a lower social class than majority of his peers and teachers.
In Chapter 10 of Unequal Childhoods, Lareau’s case study on the Driver family highlights the influence of social class position on perspective, mainly on how it affects approach to educational resources. Admittedly, she mentions that working-class and poor parents are equally eager as their middle-class counterparts to ensure their children’s success in school. Nonetheless, she reveals a distinction between the working-class/poor approach to education and the middle-class approach - the fear of doing “the wrong thing” in school related matters (Lareau, 2011; p. 198). Most importantly, she echoes this sentiment by saying, “... it is more useful to focus on social class position both in terms of how class shapes worldviews and how class affects
Gonzalez defines a blended family as “a family in which a new spousal relationship is formed (either as a result of a divorce or death of one parent), resulting in the joining of either one or both parents’ child or children” (148). This article discusses the topic based on the most common type of blended family, which is a remarried family. Approximately 50% of all Americans have some kind of step-relationship. Being a part of a blended family has become more common as well as the significant issues related to family adjustment and maintenance of them. In the majority of instances, blended families start with little awareness of what to expect.
The social class position of a family can be stratified by the access to resources, the access to social respect and the access to some freedom. Although people cannot choose to be born in which family background, we have chances to move around class in this volatile class system. My family has experienced a downward mobility in social class position, from working class to working poor due to the unexpected death of my father. I determined my family as these positions according to the followed factors.
Low income families do not just get the title “poverty” branded onto them, but they have much more negative effects attached to the label. These families in the bottom third of the income group suffer immensely and this does not solely affect the family as a whole, but it affects each and every individual included. After several readings about how these families are affected, it is important to point out that children are the most unfortunate because of long-term damages. The long-term effects of children in low income families include developmental, psychological and emotional effects.
Contemporary South Africa is filled with diverse cultural differences in the population group, meaning that there are a vast amount of methods or types of manners in which children are brought up and cared for. In many instances it is evident that racecialised trends and socio economic standing determines how children are brought up and cared for in their different circumstances. This essay will thoroughly explore the racialised trends of family life and care in todays South Africa. Focus will be placed on how care differs with different class distinctions, gender roles, norms and their influence on access to different types of care. The role of families, the market and the state in the provision of care for children in South Africa will also be addressed.
Public records. (2016). Crime rate in Houston, Texas (TX): murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, auto thefts, arson, law enforcement employees, police officers, crime map. Retrieved from http://www.city-data.com/crime/crime-Houston-Texas.html#ixzz46QwwNcut This article shows the crime rate data recently collected in Houston Texas , including many crimes like murders, rapes, robberies, thefts, and assaults going on in our area from previously and recent years.
The ways parents raise their children reflects heavily on them, from their character to their confidence. A parent who treats their children equally and enlighten them on morals and future life lessons are more likely to succeed, compared to parents who are neglectful and don’t care for their children. For example, in To Kill a Mockingbird, there are many parents with different parenting styles, all whom reflect on their children. Atticus teaches his children to view everyone as equals and explains problematic questions to them, when for example, Bob Ewell is a drunk and neglects his children. “When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness sake.