Whitney Harrison

This week we discussed Social Stratification, which is the existence of structured inequalities between groups in society in terms of their access to material or symbolic rewards. Within this discussion of stratification comes the topic of social class. Class refers to the socioeconomic variations among groups of individual. People Like Us is a PBS documentary that shows us that class can be harder to spot then racial or ethnic differences, but in many ways it is the most important way to predict the kinds of educational or financial opportunities and success someone will have. I really like this documentary because it shows the many different dynamics that make up American social class. It breaks many stereotypes people may have about the working class, middle class, and the wealthy. If do watch a few of the videos, ask yourself these questions: Do you feel like you fit into any of the groups represented? Have any of the videos changed the way you view any of the seen social classes? and lastly Do you feel that race affects the unity of people within the same social class?

People Like Us: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC6D871A2A8C3C8EF

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  1. I watched the first video in the playlist. I feel that i am strongly apart if the middle class. Race is the largest factor in the videos discussions that draws the line between social class. One instance during the video,a teenager says this is the stereotypical my family was rich i got the money after they died. Race is now a fading issue though, it seems to be more focused on socio-economic status. Joe Queenan said ” before when you sent your kids to private school it was because you didn’t like black people , now when you send your kids to private school its because you don’t like poor people”. People have shifted from race as a definition of class. It is all about wealth, and keeping the wealth. A young teenager sad in the beginning of the video,the “this is the stereotypical my family was rich and I got the money after they died.”

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