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The Rise of the Middle Class in "The Untouchable" by Thomas L. Friedman

- The Untouchable by Thomas L. Friedman speaks about the world being flat, which is “the stunning rise of middle classes all over the world (pg. 323).” He explains how the American society is becoming global. This globalization that is occurring in today’s society is leading children in America to have a competing mindset against cultures such as the Chinese. We have to begin to think wise and know what route we have to take in life in order to flourish or survive. There will plenty of jobs out there; however, they will only be open to those people with the right knowledge, self motivation, ideas and skill....   [tags: Untouchable, Thomas L. Friedman, middle class, cla]

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The Extinction of the American Middle Class

- ... The high taxation placed on large corporations took away jobs from the American middle class(Kent McDill). Middle class jobs are slowly bleeding out of America. The high taxation, along with strict corporate regulations are taking middle class jobs out of America and forcing corporations to take a different route for employees. Specifically, mechanical workers are taking over the jobs that the middle class traditionally performed(Adam Davidson). The job brake down in America traditionally went upper, middle and lower class jobs....   [tags: poverty, wealth, government]

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The Disappearing of Middle Class Jobs

- Over the last few decades the middle class job has experienced a dramatic fall from its once glorified position in the American job market. Since the 1980s there has been a significant decline in the demand of middle class jobs, also known as middle skill jobs, due mostly in part to advancement in technology in addition to outsourcing these occupations to countries located overseas. Following this decrease in middle class jobs there has been a moderate climb in high and low skill occupations in the American job market....   [tags: Outsourcing, Foreign Economies]

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The Elimination of the Middle Class

- Globalization is the process by which regional economies, societies, and cultures have become integrated through a global network by transportation, communication, and trade. Through a global lens the process of globalization seems to be vital to the development of the modern world. As a result of globalization there has been a dramatic transition in every aspect of life around the world, more specifically in areas such as trade, immigration, and human development. International trade bolsters sales, lowers the cost of production and consumption, and extends the market reach of any corporation....   [tags: Globalization Economics]

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The American Middle Class

- Increasingly, it seems like everywhere we turn, more and more people, from the politicians to the economists, from Wall Street to Main Street, everyone is talking about the American middle class and the problems they face. Pew Research Center, an American think tank based in Washington D.C. that uses statistics and public survey to establish the social and political trends that shape America and the world, found in their 2008 survey that more than fifty percent of Americans see themselves as middle class and four out of ten people who earn below $20,000 per year considered themselves to be middle class (“Inside the Middle Class.”) But exactly what is the middle class....   [tags: Census, Bureau, cluster]

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The American Middle Class

- The world has become increasingly competitive, with the infusion of globalization and economic expansion. The socio-economic group that is behind this expansion is the so-called bourgeoisie, or the middle class. Economists argue that the middle class is disappearing due to several factors. But, data shows that globally the middle class is growing at an alarming rate. Globally consumption is at an all time high which includes fast cars, retail shopping, sporting events, and weekend getaways. Americans alone spend 10 trillion dollars annually....   [tags: economic expansion,bourgeoisie,consumption]

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Middle Class Rule

- What is the best and most practicable constitution. Who should have the authority under such a constitution. Should it be one person, or should it be the people. In either case, why is that better. These are a few of the questions Aristotle tries to answer in the Politics. As opposed to Plato, Aristotle is much more pragmatic in his political theory and therefore tries to answer these questions in a way that will create, in his mind, the best practical constitution that will produce the best life for the majority of men....   [tags: Sociology ]

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Consumer Culture in China and the Middle Class

- Introduction China’s unique consumer culture can be traced back to the turn of the twentieth century when it was closely related to and acted as an aid to nationalism. According to Gerth, Chinese consumption trends in the 1920s were directed by the slogan ‘Chinese should consume China made products’ (4). The motive behind this trend was to encourage the consumption of Chinese products, and nationalism was used to foster this belief and trend (Gerth 4). Consumption at this early age can be assumed to having been directed by the government, which used to regulate the goods which were consumed by its citizens....   [tags: China's New Consumers]

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Erosion of the Economy and Middle Class in Tunisia

- Erosion of the Economy and Middle Class Since 1987 when Ben Ali had assumed Presidency, there had been a much needed economic boom due to sustained growth of more than 5 percent improving living standards and increasing job opportunities. Economic stability also improved healthcare and the education system (El-Khawas, 2012). The economic policies introduced by Ben Ali were not well so even when economic growth and liberalisation took place in Tunisia, it did not lead to job creation for the educated youth....   [tags: economic depression, high unemployment]

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Obamacare's Heavy Toll on the Middle Class

- Obama care’s heavy toll on middle class Americans Obama care will pile thousands of dollars in new taxes and higher health costs on top of middle class Americans. According to the congressional budget office in 2020, Obama Care will spend $299 billion on a Medicaid expansion and new subsidy program for health insurance. These expenditures will primarily benefit 29 million people newly enrolled in Medicaid program that works out to nearly $8,000 for every newly insured American or about $21,000 per newly insured household....   [tags: insurance, taxes, health]

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Separation of the Working and Middle Class Child

- ... In the beginning, Horatio Alger depicted Dick as a young boy born into poverty with no education who continued living in poverty because of his own misled ways. Alger then utilizes the attitude that anyone can overcome their situation by a little hard work and good behavior. Because Dick becomes successful by working hard and changing his mischievous ways, Alger in a way iterates that the differences in working and middle class is the behavior of a person, and that anyone in a dire situation can better themselves with a little luck and a lot of determination....   [tags: education, work, wealth, poverty, support]

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Unemployment and the Gradual Destruction of the Middle Class

- Although Los Angeles has become renowned for its sunny weather, beautiful beaches, and all of the glitz and glamour affiliated with Hollywood and the entertainment industry, the poverty-stricken, less desirable areas of the City of Angels are often looked down upon and, in some cases, are even completely forgotten about. F. Gary Gray’s Friday, the 1995 comedy starring Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, Bernie Mac, Tommy Lister, Jr., and John Witherspoon, provides viewers with an uplifting perspective of a day in the life of those who reside in South Los Angeles – an area greatly influenced and affected by crime, poverty, and unemployment....   [tags: drug abuse, african-american struggle]

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The Middle Class

- The Middle Class Between 1000 and 1750 AD, the population of the world has increased by 480 million people, of which 21 %, or about 102 millions lived in Europe. Between 1750 and 1800 AD the world's population has grown by 190 millions, which is not much by later standards, and of which Europe's share was 27 % that adds up to 51 million people. That was the first time in history that Europe's share, which included North America and Oceania, surpassed the world's population's increase....   [tags: Papers]

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Observation of a Carusi Middle School Class

- This semester I was lucky enough to observe and participate at a high energy and collaborative school that strongly utilized some literacy and learning community strategies. The school that I visited over the past few weeks is Carusi Middle School, located in Cherry Hill. During my visits I was teamed with an exceptional eighth grade teacher, Ms. Bradshaw. She not only showed me her language arts classes, but also sent me to other grade levels and classes so that I could experience all types of learning environments....   [tags: class observation, teacher observation, teaching]

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America Seems to Be Moving towards a Two Class System Instead of the Traditional Three Class System

- ... Matter of fact, it should be called “The American Struggle”. Within sociology, functionalism is defined as a theoretical perspective that interprets each part of society in terms of how it contributes to the stability of the whole society. Functionalism describes inequality as inevitable and functional for society, which is true to an extent. Yes, inequality is inevitable, but the extremity of how unequal our society has become is not functional. The textbook states that “functionalists would argue that that it is fair and equitable that the higher social classes earn more money since they are more important (functional) to society.” The textbook then goes on to say, “critics of funct...   [tags: middle class diminishing]

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Superman and the Ideologies of the Middle Class

- Superman and the Ideologies of the Middle Class Christopher Reeve once said of Superman, the character whom he portrayed in a series of films: It's very hard for me to be silly about Superman because I've seen first hand how he actually transforms people's lives. I have seen children dying of brain tumors who wanted as their last request to be able to talk to me, and have gone to their graves with a peace brought on by knowing that their belief in this kind of character is intact. I've seen that Superman really matters....   [tags: Sociology]

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The Simpsons: Appealing to the Middle-Class

- The Simpsons: Appealing to the Middle-Class For this assignment I watched the show The Simpsons, which comes on the Fox network on Sunday nights at eight. The show is about an animated nuclear family and their everyday lives. The Simpsons targets the middle class families that live in the suburbs of America. The show mainly appeals to families that composed of parents who work at blue-collar jobs and have children, between the ages of 10-18. You can tell this from the commercials, how The Simpsons life style is portrayed and the jokes contained in the show....   [tags: Composition Rhetoric]

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Victorian Furniture of the Middle Class

- Victorian Furniture of the Middle Class According to the Middle Class Victorians, less was definitely not more. In fact, in the case of the Victorians, the more ostentatious and packed a house was, the higher the status of that family. A house in the Victorian Era would most likely be cluttered until nothing else could fit. Not only was there clutter, but the rooms were "quite dark with busily patterned wallpaper (Victorian Home Life Changes)" and lots of gold garnishments. Fashions of Furniture and Their Influences Beginning in the 1830's, the first influences of Victorian furniture were from the English architect, Augustus Pugin....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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The Emerging Middle Class in Late Medieval England

- Written by Geoffrey Chaucer at the end of the fourteenth century, The Canterbury Tales and more specifically it’s prologue, shed a great deal of light on the rising middle class in (fourteenth century) England. Despite the fact that some readers may not know a lot about the time period today, Chaucer’s writing in the prologue elaborates on topics such as occupations, wealth, education, and political power. Scholar Barbara Nolan writes of the prologue, “it is more complex than most…It raises expectations in just the areas the handbooks propose, promising to take up important matters of natural and social order, moral character, and religion and outlining the organization the work will follow”...   [tags: History, Chaucer, Socioeconomics]

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Delinquency in the White Middle-Class Youth of America

- Across the wide body of studies delving into delinquency in America, it is easy to locate research on and analysis of minorities, underprivileged socioeconomic urban centers, and turbulent family structures. However, this leaves a significant section of the delinquent population largely neglected: white middle-class youth. Contrary to the factors shown to affect delinquency in others and the applications of theory applied to them, the issues plaguing this particular portion of adolescents are in many cases entirely unique, suggesting the necessity of a more nuanced approach from angles that have up until fairly recently remained unexplored....   [tags: Elliot Currie, crisis of adolescence]

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The American Middle Class

- The American Middle Class When we as human beings are born into this world, there are things that we have control over, and other things that we have no say in. We control what we do with our lives, what schools to attend, what activities to be a part of, and who we marry, for example. This seems to be quite fair, and for the most part, we take it for granted. While we do have these kinds of freedoms, there are other aspects of life that we have no control over. One thing that we are born into, is our social class....   [tags: Normal Normality Family Society Essays]

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Social Class and Parents in Public and Private Families: An Introduction by Andrew J. Cherlin

- ... Alexander’s mother believes that it is her responsibility to help cultivate her son’s talents; she sees the extra-curricular activities as way to develop important life skills. She gives an example of how Sports give Alexander the opportunity to learn how to be competitive and accept both defeat and victory. Alexander’s father believes his son’s rich experiences will make him a better citizen, husband, father, and better student (Cherlin Reader). From looking at Alexander’s lifestyle it can be recognized that he has been blessed with a lot of privileged life chances....   [tags: middle-class, working-class, and lower-class]

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Social Class in the Classroom

- Social class has a large effect on the lifestyles of all Americans. But what does it really mean to be a part of the lower, middle or upper class. These divisions of social class are defined by aspects such as family income and lifestyle; however, education plays a large role in determining ones social class. That does not mean that it will determine success in ones life but to interpret, many people with a further education usually have a higher income as well. Those of the upper class have higher standards for education and career aspirations in contrast to those of the lower and middle class....   [tags: Sociology, Lower, Middle and Upper Class]

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America: A Class Divided

- On Christmas Eve in 2010, my grandmother received a gift from a hospice nurse who was assisting with my grandfather’s deteriorating health. Initially both surprised and embarrassed by the gesture, her emotions quickly changed once she removed the wrapping. A single package of Ramen Noodles was revealed. Embarrassment changed to confusion as she attempted to wrap her mind around what she had received. The hospice worker drove a 1997 Plymouth Voyager that she regularly complained about not being able to run properly for more than a week....   [tags: classist, middle class, lower class, upper class]

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Shrinking Middle class

- Shrinking Middle class The Incredibly Shrinking Middle Class I never thought I would find so much information on the incredibly shrinking middle class until I searched around for it on the Internet. In the United States, the middle class is put into a strange socioeconomic category. Although it is not easily defined everyone believes they belong in that class. I guess what you can do is look at it in two different ways. First ask the question “What percent of all income is distributed to the middle class at any time,” then think about “How many families obtain enough income to achieve a middle class standard of living at any point of time.” Basically these are two ways of approach...   [tags: essays papers]

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Globalization Has Destroyed the Middle Class

- “Without warning, they left us broke, sealed out, and jobless” (Edwards). These are the words from Gregg Davis, a former Oshawa workman, after he received notice his job was being relocated to Nashville, Tennessee. Gregg Davis worked for IQT Solutions, a call-center company based in Oshawa, Ontario. Along with 600 other people, Gregg Davis was left jobless after his job was outsourced to Nashville, Tennessee in a desperate attempt to save the company money. Today, thousands of American workers are also waking up to the stunning situation of unemployment as the result of their jobs being outsourced to foreign countries....   [tags: Outsourcing, Offshoring, Free Trade]

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Globalization Has Destroyed the Middle Class

- The world is not a large and strange place anymore. The world is a place that is interconnected and intertwined. The world has become from a place that each country and their peoples are separate and isolated to a place that each country and their peoples are part of a global network. Thanks to globalization this is occurring. Globalization is the ‘international integration” or ‘de-bordering’ – “a number of highly disparate observations whose regular common denominator is the determination of a profound transformation of the traditional nation-state” (Von Bogdandy 2)....   [tags: Outsourcing, Offshoring, Free Trade]

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The American Revolution: A Middle Class Movement

- Revolutions are generally defined by certain causes and results stemming from discontent in the governed people. Among these outcomes are change in the political, social and economic order of society. In the American Revolution, however, not all of these areas of the nation were altered in a way conducive with a true Revolution. The government was overthrown and a democracy was formed. Nevertheless, no large variance was apparent in the economic trend of development, and the tiers of society remained all but untouched following the Revolution....   [tags: Essays on American Revolution]

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Working Women in the Victorian Middle-Class

- Working Women in the Victorian Middle-Class Charles Dickens’ character Miss Abbey Potterson is “some sixty and odd” years old, obviously unmarried (Miss), and a business owner (she owns a bar). Despite the fact that Victorian middle-class women were supposed to aspire to idleness, a growing number of women were becoming employed in the 19 th century for a number of reasons. The growing number of “redundant” (unmarried, like Miss Potterson) and widowed women were rarely in a position to be ladies of leisure (Hudson)....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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Colonial Middle Class American Life

- Middle Class Americans American middle class life was greatly influenced throughout 1870-1917. There were many profound changes, however the American industrialization and urbanization were the most rapid and unquestionably the most important. The industrialist brought forth household names that are still around today such as Swift, Armour, Westinghouse, Pillsbury, Pullman, Rocketfeller, Carnegie, and Duke. Due to the rapid movement of industrialization, so began a movement of urbanization. Between 1860 and 1910, urban population increased sevenfold and by the 1920’s more than half of all Americans lived in cities....   [tags: American History essays research papers]

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Jane Austen's Middle-class Female

- Jane Austen's Middle-Class Female Jane Austin insightfully portrays the class mentalities of the middle and upper classes during the early nineteenth century in her novel Pride and Prejudice. Society then was overly preoccupied with the distinction of classes, and with these shameless distinctions there existed an obvious hierarchy that governed people's behavior and obligations to their respective societies. Austen's story focuses on Elizabeth Bennet and her family, who are well-to-do members of middle-class society in England....   [tags: American Literature]

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Upper Classes Are a Nation's Past; the Middle Class Is Its Future

- “Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future.” This quote was written by Ayn Rand. The meaning of this quote is that the upper class was important in the past, but now in the future, the middle class will be the important class.It relates to the story because in Russia during this time period, the upper class was the important class and the lower class had no rights. Anton Chekhov is the author of “The Bet”, “The Lottery Ticket”, and “Oh. The Public”. Anton was from Russia and in the three stories he represents Russia from 1881 to 1896....   [tags: literary analysis essay]

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Suitors and Courtship in the Lower Middle Class in Victorian Times

- Eligible Bachelors: Suitors and Courtship in the Lower Middle Class Trying for social advancement, single men and women of the lower middle and upper working classes sought to assume the Victorian middle class rituals of courtship and engagement. Accordingly, this aim joined with the poor finances key to these classes to lead to the complicated struggle of the bachelor. A Suitable Suitor To be considered an appropriate suitor to a lower middle class woman, a man of similar station must address and fulfill several conditions....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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Dickens's View of the Middle Class in Victorian Society

- Dickens's View of the Middle Class in Victorian Society As exemplified throughout contemporary literature of the nineteenth century, the Victorians were in the midst of social, political, and economic turmoil that would generate vibrations throughout all social classes. The emergence of a new, mercantile middle class was driving all classes towards a society based on capitalism. Competition was arising between the middle class and the aristocracy for a secure social position with little, if any, concern for integrity and moral values (Joyce 299)....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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The Sufferings of Young Werther: a Middle-class Novel?

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's novel, The Sufferings of Young Werther portrays a young man coming to terms with his position in society, his views on life, and more importantly, his affections for Lötte. In reading the novel, and trying to reach a greater understanding of its meanings, it is important to distinguish that this is a middle-class novel, dealing with a young middle-class man in late eighteenth century Germany. Though the novel is middle-class in substance, it should be noted that it did enjoy a wide readership, which included the aristocracy....   [tags: European Literature]

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I Was Born a White, Middle Class American

- Culture and identity are two very strange ideas. They are received at a very young age, yet they are very hard to give to someone else. They will affect you for the rest or your life, yet for the most part you are born into them. However, they soon become very important to us and we cannot, no matter what we do, live without them. They are a part of us, and a vital aspect of society. However, it took me a very long time to recognize that I had an identity and a little while after that before I knew what it was....   [tags: Culture and Identity Essays]

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Homes and Decor of the Victorian Upper-Middle Class

- Homes and Décor of the Victorian Upper-Middle Class “For, in the Veneering establishment, from the hall-chairs with the new coat of arms, to the grand pianoforte with the new action, and upstairs again to the new fire-escape, all things were in a state of high varnish and polish” (Dickens 17). The homes of upper-middle class Victorians were as extravagant as their money would afford, inside and out. In a home where one hoped to host gatherings, parties, and the like, the outside appearance spoke a bit of prestige, and it was important to make a show of as much ‘stuff’ as possible on the inside....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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Domesticity in 19th Century White Middle Class America

- Domesticity in 19th Century White Middle Class America The nineteenth century marked a turning point for women in the United States. As men took work outside of the home women were left to cultivate a place that could serve as a haven from the harsh outside world. This change created a domestic sphere ru d by women; it paramounted from simple household organization to matters involving moral and religious responsibility, health, education, and social duty. Women found power in their new role; they found equality with their male counterparts without com ting against them....   [tags: Papers]

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Racism - I Was Born a Middle-class, White Child

- Racism and Prejudice - I Was Born a Middle-class, White Child … Professor’s comment: This essay assignment was designed to equip students with an understanding of academic research, theories, and concepts on race relations and then use that as a basis from which to critically think about, analyze, and develop strategies for change, both for themselves and for the world around them. This student takes us back to his childhood in Smallville and re-examines with us his upbringing, race relations in his town, his own awareness, and ultimately his and our need for change....   [tags: Sociology Racism Prejudice Essays]

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Social Class During the Middle Ages

- ... As a solution, he formed a sort of contract with his nobles, his direct underlings. The nobles were given a large portion of the king's land, known as fiefs or manors. In turn, they had to pay "homage and fealty" to the king. They did this by giving their support to the king at all times, governing the land that was given them, and being ready to provide troops and fight for the king when the need arose. The Nobles Lifestyle was very different from ours. A daily life as a Noble would start at dawn....   [tags: nobles, kings, soldiers]

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The Middle Class Life During the Industrial Revolution

- The Middle Class Life during The Industrial Revolution began in England around the 1780’s. It was mainly based on the cotton industry and subsequently many of the inventions that came out of this period were mainly for producing and manufacturing cotton. Another stage of the Industrial Revolution was based on inventions. This is when most of the luxury goods were produced for the public. The Industrial Revolution is seen by scholars, as noted in A History of Western Society, as basically moderate and evolutionary....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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What the Social Classes Owe Each Other an Article by William Graham Sumner

- ... She was able to prove that welfare is a necessary part of the government and most people cannot get by without it. Not everyone starts out on the same playing field. Without a college degree, it is very difficult to get a financially stable job. To get a college degree you need some sort of income to pay for your schooling. She did not have a degree and ended up working for 7 dollars an hour or less. The work was both stressful and degrading. Similar to Ehrenreich, a professor named Frances Fox Piven wrote a book titled “The Nature of Disruptive Power”....   [tags: poor, rich, middle class]

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Rural-Urban Migration in Kenya Since 2002 to 2012

- ... Data from China Health and Nutrition Survey, suggests that there was an increase in the consumption of fats, oils and meat and dairy foods to be higher among urban residents as compared with those living in the rural areas (Zhai et al., 2009). According to Witherspoon and Reardon (2003) observed similar trend in developing-countries, which differentially affects wealthy and poorer population groups across developed and developing nations leaving them at a higher risk of on-communicable diseases....   [tags: economic development, middle class]

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Growth of the Indian Automobile Industry

- Due to fast economic growth, Car ownership in India has increased alot. Popularity of the several segments of vehicles by size and price have also undergone changes. I am presenting a study about the influence of Car attributes on the purchase of car in Delhi-Ncr. We analyze choices made for cars. The Indian Automobile Industry has got a tremendous market potential. With the population growth and change in their lifestyle pattern due to urbanization, there is a rapid rise in demand for Cars among Indian Middle class....   [tags: market, cars, middle class]

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Life During the 1950s in America

- The 1950s seemed like a perfect decade. The rise of suburbs outside cities led to an expansion of the middle class, thus allowing more Americans to enjoy the luxuries of life. The rise of these suburbs also allowed the middle class to buy houses with land that used to only be owned by more wealthy inhabitants. Towns like Levittown-one of the first suburbs- were divided in such a way that every house looked the same (“Family Structures”). Any imperfections were looked upon as unfavorable to the community as a whole....   [tags: communism, russia, middle class]

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South Africa's Emerging Black Diamonds

- Social – South Africa’s emerging “Black Diamonds” In South Africa the emerging young, black middle class, sometimes referred to as Black Diamonds, have grown at an accelerating rate and have proven to have a strong influence on the rest of the country. The term was coined by TNS Research Surveys and the UCT Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing. SAinfo Reporter. (2013). It is worth noting that the South African black diamonds are a lot younger than the white middle class. UCT Unilever Institute....   [tags: middle class, poverty]

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The Growing Inequality in America

- America was the place to go with the life to be made. As the colonies grew and a new era began, the lines were drawn. Even in the 1700's, Americans took the time to diminish. Fine line between the rich and poor in society creating a rough perspective on who is who in the ever changing world that we have the audacity to slum in. Americans have grow to see there social class as where they will make it in America. Upper, middle and lower. These three words are what make you or break you in the world....   [tags: rich, poor, middle class]

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Personal Experience: This Rich Kid

- ... While walking with some of my friends in a field trip organized by the neighboring school, I found myself in between three worlds: The elite, the middle class, and he mass. To me, I belong in all three because values and manners are--in the modern and relative world--taught in the elite, compassion and understanding are taught in the middle class, contentment and self-pride are taught in the lower of the classes...the mass. I am believed to be by many, regardless of their background, to have a particular appurtenance to all three forms of living....   [tags: The elite, the middle class,]

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The Affordable Care Act

- The United States of America is a very socially diverse nation with inhabitants ranging from the wealthiest in the world to near third world-like living conditions. In an essay titled, America’s Shameful Poverty Stats, Sasha Abramsky sheds light on some statistics like, “15 percent of people in America live at or below the poverty line” (Abramsky, Sasha 1). In America many citizens are poverty stricken and left uncovered from a healthcare standpoint, which is why a universal healthcare plan like The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) would greatly benefit America....   [tags: obamacare, middle class, insurance]

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Middle-Class-Morality and Comments on Class and Social Standing made by Shaw in Pygmalion

- Middle-Class-Morality and Comments on Class and Social Standing made by Shaw in Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion is the story of Henry Higgins, a master phonetician, and his mischievous plot to pass a common flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, off as a duchess at the Embassy Ball. In order achieve his goal, Higgins must teach Eliza how to speak properly and how to act in upper-class society. The play pokes fun at "middle class morality" and upper-class superficiality, reflects the social ills of nineteenth century England, and attests that all people, regardless of class background, are worthy of respect and dignity....   [tags: Papers]

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Capitalism and Oppression in The Hunger Games and Kindred

- The novels The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Kindred by Octavia Butler both contain examples of oppression created and/or worsened by the capitalist society in which they are set. In The Hunger Games, Collins creates a futuristic society of severe class inequality in which the children of the poor are killed for the political benefit and entertainment of the rich. Kindred is primarily set on a 19th century American slave plantation and examines the institution slavery in a fictional context....   [tags: Suzanne Collins, middle class, district]

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The American Dream is Becoming a Blurry

- The American dream is becoming blurry, as unemployment rises, poverty, and debt tops “The Home of the Brave’s” problem list. All these things are taking a toll on the American middle class as they slump their way into poverty, shrinking the middle class and striping the American dream. Every day, many people classify themselves as part of the middle class, regardless of their actual income level. Even though an astounding 50 million people are considered poor in the United States. When considering falling into the slump, the united states over the past decade According to”” the American government spends an average of $10.45 billion per day and a staggering, stomach- turni...   [tags: poverty, debt tops, middle class]

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The Progressive Era Was a Rapidly Changing Time Period in America

- The Progressive Era was the period from 1890s to the 1920s. This historical movement was fueled by the middle class (e.g. doctors, lawyers, teachers); mainly those living in the cities. The country was growing and moving forward, yet, many Americans were falling behind. Poverty rose, big corporations became corrupt, and the minorities wanted to be treated equally. The Progressive Era led to America into a new realm with more amendments to the United States Constitution, social improvements for women suffrage and minority equality, and economic change in regard to regulations of big corporations....   [tags: historical movements fueled by the middle class]

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Social Commentary on Love and Marriage in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

- Pride and Prejudice Love and Marriage Jane Austen shows the readers within the first sentence what the plot and main theme of Pride and Prejudice is and what social ideas she plans on presenting through this novel. The first sentence of Pride and Prejudice stands as one of the most famous introductory lines in literature. It states, “it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife” (Austen 5). This statement puts the novel in motion by showing that the novel will deal with the pursuit of single wealthy men by various female characters....   [tags: social ideas, women, middle class]

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Corporate Welfare: Running Forward Toward the Past

- Marxism. Socialism. Neo-Liberalism. Class struggle. Are these battle cries of a forgotten past or are they applicable today. It would seem that a great deal of the precipice of the Great Depression is being emulated today with the capitulation of our governmental elected officials when it comes to Political Action Committees (PAC’s) and corporate lobbyists. While the two major political parties in the United States both have their own ideology. One would seem to promote less government while the other promotes more government....   [tags: zero middle class, corporate machine]

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Obsesion with Money in The Rocking Horse Winner, written by D.H. Lawrence

- The Rocking Horse Winner, written by D.H. Lawrence, touches base on several aspects he viewed about society during the early to mid nineteen hundreds. Of these include the obsession with the accumulation of money and wealth of an indulgent and self-entitled society. He saw that the values of middle class society in this time were to imitate the upper class, by trying to gain social status and superficial recognition. Lawrence deeply hated these societal values. Mainly due to his first hand exposure to them as a child by having to witness his parents consume themselves to try to attain this type of social status....   [tags: middle-class society, material wealth]

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Social Hierarchy in Under the Lion’s Paw by Halim Garland

- The social hierarchy is something that is hard to escape wherever you are, but our society has made it almost impossible to ignore no matter how old you are or how good of a family you come from. In Hamlin Garland’s short story, “Under the Lion’s Paw,” there is a slew of social hierarchy and power for wealthiest man in the story; while the poor man is just looked at as nothing. This happens in our society everyday and it can hurt the people under ridicule so much, surprisingly nothing is ever done to fix it....   [tags: money, rank, lower middle-class]

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The Market Revolution On American Society

- The market revolution was a time of change, liberation, growth, and of course American ingenuity. This new kind of revolution brought about many changes in the lives of Americans everywhere. New technology from the steamboat to the telegraph connected the country in a new way. The emergence of factories (and the factory system) brought the growth of commerce, specialization of products, and many jobs to a rapidly growing nation. The market revolution benefited our country by impacting the social groups of the slaves and the middle class, generating a change in laws of the economy and warranting the redefining of freedom....   [tags: market revolution, middle class, slaves]

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Shashi Deshpande's A Matter of Time

- Issues Of Middle- Class raised in “A Matter of Time”: The present paper deals with the way Shashi’s novel” A Matter of Time” is an exploration into the core of the mind of Indian woman. Here the inner life of middle-class women emotionally isolated from her family is reflected in the embryonic women represented by her daughters. It deals with the quest of identity of womankind. The novel presents a social world of complex relationships. The women are caught in the process of redefining and rediscovery their roles, position and relationships....   [tags: issues of middle class, literary analysis]

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Black Middle Class America: House Negro Mentality or Manifestation of Self-Identity

- Black Middle Class America: House Negro Mentality or Manifestation of Self-Identity For Hundreds of years a wall of separation has existed among the Black community. Whether it involved the skin color, hair length, nose size, or social standing, Blacks have always found someway to distinguish themselves away from the masses of their culture. In Malcolm X's essay "Message to the Grass Roots," and Shelby Steele's excerpt "On Being Black and Middle Class," Black separatism can be traced to the times of slavery....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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Observe a Sixth Grade English Class at Bain Middle School

- Observe a Sixth Grade English Class at Bain Middle School I observe at Roosevelt Middle School, which is in River Forest, in Mrs. Braun’s sixth grade English class on Tuesdays in the morning. As I have observed, I have noticed that the classroom is student-centered. During computer time, Mrs. Braun focused more on helping the students get into the computer program to start the assignment than on having enough time to get the assignment done. Several times, Mrs. Braun gave helpful comments on how to do things on the computer or in the program, such as how to install automatic spell check....   [tags: Teaching Education Class Observation]

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The Debate on How Urban Middle-Class Identities Have Changed

- The Debate on How Urban Middle-Class Identities Have Changed “Materialism is the new karma”. (Pavan K Varma, 2005) Whilst numerical estimates of the Indian middle classes vary drastically, media images contribute to their portrayal as affluent consumers- participants in the IT boom in urban centres such as Hyderabad and those revelling in India’s status as a call centre “superpower”, particularly thought to symbolise a new urban middle-class. Varma’s quote encapsulates the astonishing effect mass culture is thought to have had upon Indian identity, especially those who occupy this middle ground of consumption....   [tags: Social Classes India Kinship Essays]

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Private Property and the Rule of the Middle Class in Aristotle’s Politics

- Private Property and the Rule of the Middle Class in Aristotle’s Politics In his discussions of constitutions and cities in Politics, Aristotle makes it very clear that his top priority is to provide people with the opportunity to pursue and achieve the good life. An integral part of this is the stability of the constitution. Although Aristotle explicitly states that a kingship is the best system of rule for any given generation, its lack of stability from one generation to the next disqualifies it from being the best in reality....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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On the Road: Jack Kerouac's Rejection of the Middle Class American Dream

- Jack Kerouac was one of a group of young men who, immediately after the Second World War, protested against what they saw as the blandness, conformity and lack of cultural purpose of middle-class life in America. The priorities of people of their age, in the mainstream of society, were to get married, to move the suburbs, to have children and to accumulate wealth and possessions. Jack Kerouac and his friends consciously rejected this pursuit of stability and instead looked elsewhere for personal fulfillment....   [tags: Jack Kerouac On The Road]

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Bram Stokers Dracula: A Struggle to Maintain Victorian Upper and Middle Class

- The Victorian men and women conveyed in Bram Stoker's Dracula are pure and virtuous members of the upper and middle class. However, hiding behind this composed and civilized conception of England lies a dark and turbulent underbelly. This underbelly is the lumpenproletariat, whom Karl Marx defined as "the lowest and most degraded section of the proletariat; the ‘down and outs’ who make no contribution to the workers cause". Victorian culture discriminated against these vagrants, who were seen not only as shiftless and immoral, but dangerous as well....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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How the Dominican Republic Changed My American Middle Class Life

- How the Dominican Republic Changed My American Middle Class Life I am a product of American society. Born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, I grew up in a middle class suburban neighborhood. Christian morals and values have been bestowed upon me since the day I was brought into this world. I was taught to love and respect others. I would have liked to think that I was the result of a well-rounded educational system. After all, I studied world history. I was also exposed to the horrors of third-world countries by watching the commercials on television crying out for money to help those children with bellies bloated of air and disease eating their bodies....   [tags: Personal Narrative Culture Essays]

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Defining the Visual Context: Description of Computer Images in a Middle School Technology Class

- This justification paper is for the graphics and associated lessons created for the Unit of Instruction for EdTech Dr. Smith. The paper will explore the process for creating each of the visuals for the unit, rationale for the modifications recommended by the instructor and peers in the course, a discussion of the standards incorporated, and a professional biography. Defining the Visual Context The Unit of Instruction is designed for a middle school technology class at Regis Middle School in Eau Claire, WI....   [tags: Education, technology, computers]

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Northern Middle-Class Women in America Dbq

- Between the years of 1776 and 1876, a key change came about in America over the women. Before these dates, women were not considered to be very important to the community. The only major role they played was raising children and bringing food to the table. Since the years of the Revolution and the Constitutional Convention, however, the nation nearly doubled its geographic boundaries and its population. When the Market Revolution hit America, many people felt isolated and cut off from traditional sources of comfort and community....   [tags: American History]

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The Realism Movement

- Realism, as defined by James H. Rubin, is a movement in art and literature, [which] claimed to represent the common people and their everyday circumstances based on accurate observation (Rubin 91). According to Rubin, Realism “emerged in France during the mid nineteenth century”(Rubin 91) and came to the United States as a response to Reconstruction (Owen 9). Defining characteristics of the Realistic movement may include the complexities that an average man or woman might face. The subject matter is a representation of middle-class life....   [tags: middle-class life, overcoming adversity]

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The French Revolution

- ... King Louis wanted to increase the taxes of the Third Estate to pay off the debts, which made the peasants even angrier, which will be talked about in the next paragraph. King Louis came into power at the age of 20, and he put most of the financial duties to Turgot, one of the best statesmen. When he finally realized the French Revolution was a big problem, all his attempts to stop it were all in vain because he didn’t know what to do since he had entrusted most of his responsibilities to the people below him....   [tags: peasants, middle class, king louis]

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A Historical Perspective: The Wage Gap

- For several decades, most American women occupied a supportive, home oriented role within society, outside of the workplace. However, as the mid-twentieth century approached a gender role paradigm occurred. The sequence of the departure of men for war, the need to fill employment for a growing economy, a handful of critical legal cases, the Black Civil Rights movement seen and heard around the nation, all greatly influenced and demanded social change for human and women’s rights. This momentous period began a social movement known as feminism and introduced a coin phrase known in and outside of the workplace as the “wage-gap.” According to Merriam -Webster (2012), the wage gap is defined as...   [tags: White American, Male, Female, Middle Class]

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Who Rules America: Wealth Distribution

- Time and time again we hear politicians and office holders preach the need for a powerful middle-class. You may then be surprised to hear that “about 82% of America’s net worth belongs to the top 20%, the next 80% of people only own about 18% of America’s wealth” (UCSC). Some may argue that this disproportion is the beauty of capitalism, the chance to create an empire. I argue that the proportions are simply unfair. Why is it that “ the average CEO makes 350X as much as his/her employee” (UCSC)....   [tags: middle class families, stock market, economy]

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Investigating Whether Schools Benefit Middle Class Students more than Working Class Students

- Investigating Whether Schools Benefit Middle Class Students more than Working Class Students There is a lot of evidence to suggest that schools benefit middle class students more than working class students. In general, the higher the person’s social class of origin - the higher their educational qualifications. Pupils are constantly being assessed and classified. They are defined as able or less able, placed in particular sets or streams, entered for particular examinations and given or denied access to certain parts of the school curriculum....   [tags: Papers]

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REFERENCE AND INSTRUCTION ASSIGNMENT - Middle Class African American Women in the Upper South in the Early Twentieth Century

- REFERENCE AND INSTRUCTION ASSIGNMENT I used the following set of characteristics: North Carolina—Minister (wife)—female—secondary school—Baptist—African American—Young adult—World War I HOW I FOUND DOCUMENTS: There are two ways to approach searching the manuscripts collection. You can use the site specific google search on the Manuscripts Department website, or you can search the library catalog and limit the results to the Manuscripts Department. I chose to use the search engine on the Manuscripts Department webpage because it includes brief snippets from the results that allowed you to quickly look at some description and rule out the results that are totally irrelevant to your search wi...   [tags: Letter Analysis]

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Income Inequality and Society

- Income Inequality’s affect on Society Income inequality is on the rise and it is evident in most cities throughout the United States. There are individuals with six to seven figure incomes and then there are individuals whose income is just enough to get by. The middle class is not as prominent as the upper and lower class. This should be the other way around. There should not be so many cities with very wealthy neighborhoods right next door to low class, rundown neighborhoods, with little middle class households....   [tags: middle class, families, income, finances, economy]

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The Realm of Desire and Dream: Brazil and its Self-Constructing Middle Class of the 1980s, 1990s and Today

- The Realm of Desire and Dream: Brazil and its Self-Constructing Middle Class of the 1980s, 1990s and Today The discourse of self-definition in Brazil is based on perceptions of economic success, material value and social prestige. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, there was a general scramble to reconstruct individual identity in social success and achievement. “Assertions of moral and cultural (class and racial) superiority” make up the discourses of national and regional identity, while simultaneously setting up the social building blocks of discrimination and stratification (25)....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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John Steinbeck was born to middle-lower class family in the farming

- John Steinbeck was born to middle-lower class family in the farming community of Salinas, California. John’s Steinbeck Imagine… your town is suddenly stricken with poverty. Your family business goes under because the economy of your local community can no longer support it. Herds of your closest friends continually move out of the town you grew up in due to a severe shortage of work. The basic necessities of life are so scarce that everyone around you reverts to their animalistic urges to survive....   [tags: English Literature]

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Affirmative Action Helps Disadvantaged Minorities

- Affirmative action is a set of policies put in place to give preferential treatment to certain subgroups such as disadvantaged minorities. For example, African Americans such as Cedric Jennings could gain access to a college even if they are slightly less qualified than a normal candidate under affirmative action. Affirmative action could also be considered a form of stratification in which we create systematic inequalities within groups of people as an intended purpose. Equality and opportunity has been debated constantly in our country over what would be the fairest for everyone despite our race or class....   [tags: race, upper class, middle class, poor or lower cla]

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The Roles of Women During the Middle Ages Shown Through Beowolf

- A nameless servant, bed mate to a war hungry lord, waits for her husband’s return; this is the average interpretation a modern day woman will have of women of the Middle Ages. As a woman of the Old English era, many believe that the influence of women was not valued. However, the relevance of culture is an important factor in the address of the typical female figure. While old tales depict more negative views on women such as, adulterous, hags or servants; females actually served a much greater and accepted purpose....   [tags: power, revenge, class]

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Social Inequality Regarding Class

- "What has happened in America is that achievement is so important that everyone wants everyone else to know what they have done. . . And in case you don't know, they want to tell you with a lethal combination of houses, cars and diamonds. (Fabrikant 2005))" Inequality in the United States is changing, and for the worse. People who are not wealthy are now competing to have the "status" of wealthy, which causes the wealthy to literally get wealthier while the middle class and upper middle class are going increasingly in debt trying to keep up with the wealthy....   [tags: america, class, high class, lower class]

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