What are the main differences and similarities in the everyday lives of the
1960s working class and middle class Australians compared to today's shoppers at Hillgate, Eastside and Rosedale? What do these differences and similarities suggest about how social class has changed over the past 40 years?
There are many factors which differentiate those of today and those in the 1960’s, during the 60’s in Australia, the working and lower classes were still able to hold steady full time jobs and easily be able to invest in the future e.g. buying homes. (p400 text 2)
The “flexibility” which emerged in the workforce in the early 70’s which has carried on to today has created a lazier and poorer society such as those that visit Rosedale shopping centre (p 403 text 1) rather than only full time jobs being available, there are a vast array of hours one can work due to the introduction of part time and casual work.
A similarity is the fact that there was still a poorer society within Australia in the 60’s but they were still able to create comfortable lives for future generations for their family, whereas now, some find it difficult to buy a home or property on lower wages.(text 3)
Social class seems to have changed since the 60’s, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer (text 3), the stereotypical lower class man of today cannot afford to buy a home or adequately feed a family with a casual or part time job.
The classes within today seem to associate with only others within their own class, clearly shown in the Hillgate, Eastside and Rosedale shopping centres. During the 60’s the majority could afford to buy homes and essentially creating and equal society all being able to liaise, whereas in the second half of the 20th century and the start of the 21st social classes have been separated. For example the poorer area’s having car parks filled with cheaper and older cars and shopping centres consisting of budget shops and the higher class areas...