It is a fact that by going to college a person will get better jobs for higher salaries. People also attend college so he/she can choose a high paying career. A person will lead a better and less stressful life if their financial status is never a problem. That would leave time for many things that could enrich a person’s life as opposed to working for ninety percent of it. Without going to college, people will make minimum wage, if he/she do make good money, it is because he/she are breaking their backs for it.
This paper offers a systematic examination of the diverse possible relationships between monopoly power and class structure. The conceptual differentiation of power from class is central to the logic of our argument (Resnick and Wolff 1987, especially chapter 3).i Power, for us, is a process of wielding authority over or directing the behavior of individuals. These behaviors may be economic, cultural, political, and so on. Class is a different process; it entails producing, appropriating, and distributing surplus labor. There are different kinds of class processes - communist, capitalist, feudal, and so on - which vary according to who produces, appropriates, and distributes the social surplus and how that process is organized.
After-Shock and Social Conflict Theory Social Conflict theory, or approach, is a framework for building theory that sees society as an arena of inequality that generates conflict and change. (Macionis J., 2011) Just as Macionis describes this social conflict in the book Society, The Basics—11th Edition, that this approach highlights how factors such as class, race, ethnicity, gender and age are linked to inequality in terms of money, power, education and social prestige, there are many examples of this in Robert B. Reich’s After-Shock, The Next Economy and America’s Future. In chapters two and three of Reich’s After-Shock, he describes situations and compares both the great depression of the late 1920’s and early 1930’s with the recession of the late 2000’s and the years prior to each describing what the economy was like and the situation the people of America were in at these times. During these 2 chapters, Reich points out several elements of social conflict theory between the people of different classes and the money and wealth that separates them. During this essay I will point out a couple examples of these elements of social conflict theory in Reich’s analysis and I will also point out some of the data that he draws upon to make this argument.
Wealth and power are matters of pure obsession to individuals in society, however with this obsession comes the clear and unfortunate reality that power is divided amongst classes and in particular the upper, ruling class. Pierre Bourdieu formulated the theory of social and cultural capital, where social capital refers to the complex relationships that exist between people of a particular society which ultimately enables that society to function efficiently. Cultural capital, on the other hand, refers to the cultural knowledge gathered by individuals across time, by parents or adult influences, which assists in gaining power and status. Bourdieu’s theory of social and cultural capital is furthermore cemented by his argument that food, especially one’s choice in delicacies, most often determines the social class that an individual belongs to. Therefore, this script aims to draw particular attention to social class and the distinct characteristics one must attain to gain access into a higher class and social status.
Lea Cherbaka February 17, 2010 Reaction Paper – The Social Construction of Gender “I am arguing that bodies differ in many ways physiologically, but they are completely transformed by social practices to fit into the salient categories of a society, the most pervasive of which are “female” and “male” and “women” and “men (Lorber 1990, 10).” The first thing that comes to people’s minds when they think of “the social construction of gender” is the characteristic that is normally associated with men and women. For example, men are strong and women are sensitive. In her article, Judith Lorber discusses the inequality between the genders and how society is the factor that has created such a divide between males and females. When reading this article I thought that Lorber provided a lot of examples for her argument, which allowed me to relate to many of them. For example, one of the main points she touched upon was the male dominance in sports.
A theoretical approach is a basic image of society that guides thinking and research. Two very important theoretical prespective are the structural –functionalism and the conflict theory. These two theoretical prespective are classified as macrosociology because they focus on large groups, social institution and society and they both have basic underlying ideas. The basic underlying idea of structural fuctionalisnm is that all parts of society needs to make a contribution to operate as whole and maintain society. Each elements in this structural fuctionalism are interdependent and a change in one element would lead to the changes in the other elements.
Everyone wants to have at least a decent life style, but with attending college one can have a higher life style then others. With a college education people find better careers that have better pay then a job that one can get with out a college education. Better pay helps support ones self and if so the family they have. Everything cost money, and one must always have more then enough of it to live off of. Beyond all the necessities that one has to take care of, with the higher earnings gives a person the
I believe it is important to have the bourgeoisie and the proletariat that is how society maintains operations through property, power, and prestige. For instance, the example on p 199 in our text referencing the College president being more important than other students are because the president’s decision affects a large number of people, including many students. I believe it is important to have the bourgeoisie and the proletariat that is how society maintains operations through property, power, and prestige. India provides the best example of a caste system, and the United States class system. These evil twins each have their place in society.
Racial and Ethnic Inequality * Explain the following statement: Race is a social construction. Race defined by Macionis (2010) as “a socially constructed category of people who share the biologically transmitted traits that a society defines as important” (pg. 56) has been used to rank members of society in hierarchies usually with the person doing the ranking at the top and persons considered in a different race or ethnicity below them. Societies have been defining races for decades using those groupings as a source of power. These groupings often translate into economic and social exploitation and sometimes genocidal policies, such as the cases in Rowanda, Darfur and as described by Macionis (2010) in Germany “Adolf Hitler and his
using the police and courts. Secondly Ideological state apparatus- this is where they rule by controlling people’s ideas, values and beliefs by manipulating functions of section of society, e.g. the religion and mass media. These two apparatuses reproduce class inequality from generation to generation by failing each successive generation of working class pupils in turn. It also legitimates class inequality by producing ideologies that disguise its true motive.