Discussion about Social class and poverty in America According to the textbook of Introduction to sociology, a social class is defined as a social ranking according to the economic position in which achieved characteristics can influence social mobility. Sociologist Daniel Rossides describes five social class: the upper class, the upper-middle class, the lower middle class, the working class and the lower class. Social class is decided by achieved and ascribed characteristics, and we can change our class by achieved work. Social class has powerful impacts on a person’s life. Ascribed characteristics (like race, age, family composition, gender) decides the one’s class.
The characters in the book offer a view of real world America and how an individual's social class can determine how they are treated by society. In The Funeral Dress, Susan Gregg Gilmore uses imagery, dialogue, and the setting to identify the social classes based on the social and economic status of the characters. Gilmore uses imagery to incorporate the lower class throughout the novel. Imagery is the use of words and phrases that create a mental image for the reader. In the following quote the reader can see vividly the living conditions that the Bullards are living in.
In my school’s GSA club, our focus is on the injustices committed against the LGBTQ community; however, our club is interdisciplinary. We discuss our fit in a diverse society as ethnic minorities and we study also gender and sexuality. When I am involved in these discussions, what I learn in my AP English Literature class is engrained in my mindset. Our class, based on the theme of oppression, has allowed me to study underlying inconsistencies within our society. My work with GSA has allowed me to make many real-world connections between the themes we’ve studied in class and the day-to-day realities of oppression in our world.
During the Great Migration, thousands of African Americans moved to Harlem for job opportunities, affordable housing, and to escape the blatant racism of the South. Along the mass immigration, came cultural influences such as blues and jazz music, which had stemmed from African spirituals. Poetry also became a large part of the culture with many poems following similar rhythms as those found in blues music. Writers tackled the theme of racial injustice for the first time and brought a sense of racial identity to the African American community. The writers of the Harlem Renaissance era exhibited strength through their writing that transcended to their communities.
In the novel Ragtime, E.L. Doctorow tells a complex story where historical figures and fictional characters are woven together to make up the narrative. Evident themes include: race, class, and change and transformation. Throughout Ragtime, there are many characters who are influenced by certain people or encounters. Ragtime not only tells the individual struggles of each character throughout the novel but also shows how each character is affected by another. The different characters in Ragtime represent different responses to change - from encouraging change to responding to it, and from resisting change to accepting it.
The “three effect” is used to have a dramatic impact, and in this case, it strongly establishes the social hierarchy in society based on race. Overall, both Shakespeare’s Othello and Podcast 5 discuss the correlation between relationships and experiences as something interconnected and the significance of one’s social standing in a society to a great extent, through the various techniques employed in both
In the history of America, the social class ladder has more or less defined the individuals of the United States. It seems as if social classes define people for who they are, but really it does not. In “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, social class structure plays a big role in the characters and the novel. Throughout the book, social class structure is present and seems to define the characters for who they are. In the United States, there are three main social class levels: lower class, middle class, and the upper class.
The Critical Race Theory’s framework is a tool to assess how structural inequalities and social institutions produce an oppressive and discriminatory environment for minorities in America (Salas et al, 2010). The Theory’s use of critical thinking helps Social Workers understand and identify the target problem, and to examine how people’s history and culture have influenced, or been influenced by, past and current policies that create inequality in America (Suet et al, 2007). It also encourages Social workers to be aware of their distinct privileges, disadvantages, beliefs, values, biases, and stereotypes that they hold, so they can understand how this affects the work that they do with their clients. It is essential to apply all this knowledge
Critical race theory is a discipline that engages in the discussion and analysis of race, its evolution and social impacts, emphasizing the need to understand race as a consequence of the dynamic social processes and challenging the ways in which race and racial power are represented and understood in the American society. Hence, the work of critical race theory seeks to question the traditional ways of studying race providing consistent analysis on the multiple dimensions of this concept. One of the most diligent analysis is provided by Michael Omi and Howard Winant in the book Racial formation in the United States, a book in which the authors explain the transformation of race and its multiple approaches and manifestations through U.S. history, from its early conception in which it was strictly related to biological features to the current understanding of race as a social construct. In this context, the authors argue that race is a fundamental component of the U.S. society since it influenced the construction of social structures and contributed on the establishment of a system of inequalities. Throughout the book, the authors analyze and criticize the different conceptualizations of race and the