Social Class Effects on Life

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The concept of social class is assumed to be very complex and contested, and has come under increasing scrutiny as it is widely seen as explanation of crucial changes happened in recent past. Class is often considered to be closely connected to people’s affluence, wellbeing, education and overall life experience (Roberts, 2001). The focus of this paper will be that such important parts of our everyday life as health and diseases patterns and academic attainment are extensively affected by social class, and it might have both, positive and negative, effect depending on which class the person is related to. Firstly, this essay will look at the short interpretation of social class by Karl Marx, which will serve as a good starting point, subsequently it will move on to the correlation between social class and health, as well as the social class and educational performance, followed by concluding part of this paper. * * Karl Marx divided people into two distinctive groups, which are bourgeoisie and proletariat and he believed that social classes are distinguished according to the means of production (Joyse, 1995). That is bourgeoisies are those who buy working forces, while proletarians are those who sell in order to survive. Each class acts in the way to benefit themselves and their own interests, thereby resulting in conflict, which in turn, lead to limited social mobility. Therefore, Marx argues that social mobility is exceedingly limited and depends on luck or chance (Crompton, 1993). In other words, dominant social groups oppress or control lower ones, and it is extremely problematic to change social class and status. Many would disagree and claim that men make their luck through hard- working and talents. However, according to Marx, social class which the person was born in restricts individuals’ opportunities. That is not only does luck determine chance
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