The rich and the poor - class-conscious on income inequality

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For the purpose of this essay this scholar will focus on an article that addresses population in the news. It is this scholar’s intent to discuss the subject matter in the article and specifically highlight the statistical information related to its findings. According to a January 12, 2012 New York Times article written by Sabrina Tavernise there is a rising perception of class tensions between the rich and the poor due to income inequalities. This opinion stems from the results of a survey that was conducted early in December of last year. The main idea on this article was to convey a message that there is a rise in people’s perception of class tension between the rich and the poor because of income inequalities. The author’s conclusion is based on a comparison of income inequality to other societal issues such as racial relations, illegal immigration, and young and old. According to a definition of class-conscious on the Merriam-Webster online dictionary’s webpage, class-conscious is to be, “actively aware of one's common status with others in a particular economic or social level of society.” (Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, n.d.). Moreover, class conflict exists when tension or antagonism is found in society as a result of competing socioeconomic interests amid people of different classes. As an illustration, Claire Reynolds a publications editor of the MultiEthnic Literature of the United States at the University of Connecticut stated, “The economic pressures currently brought to bear on working-[class] and middle-class Americans indicate that class and conflict have certainly not been resolved. In fact, they may be intrinsic to our society.” (Reynolds, 2008, p. 527). In short, is this scholar’s opinion tha... ... middle of paper ... ...and by using a good estimate of the population parameter. The primary purpose of the use of statistics is to facilitate the assessment of the validity of one’s conclusions. Works Cited Reynolds, C. E. (2008). Class and conflict in the united states. American Transcendental Quarterly, 22(3), 459-462,527. Retrieved from Tavernise, S. (2012, Jan 12). Survey finds rising strain between rich and the poor. New York Times, pp. A.15. Retrieved from Triola, M. F., Bennett, J. O., & Briggs, W. L. (2008). Statistical reasoning for everyday life. (3rd Ed.) Boston, MA: Pearson & Addison Wesley. Class-conscious. (n.d.). In Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary (11th ed.). Retrieved from

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