The Barriers Between Social Classes

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The world is constantly changing. Political and economic systems evolve and change, social movements come and go, empires rise and fall, different culture also evolve and change, new technologies are born; but the one thing that remains constant through all of these different forms of social organization is socio-economic class. Social class is something that is addressed in many different fields of higher education such as philosophy, economics, political science, social science, and humanities. Sociologists conceive it as a kind of social stratification. Social stratification is the universal tendency of societies to organize people in a hierarchy of levels or “strata” on a variety of characteristics such as power, wealth, social status, education level, prestige of one’s occupation, social standing (Petev, 2013). Social class is what separates the two groups of boys in the picture I have chosen to illustrate how social class shapes society. The picture shows a little bit of how different people of different social classes are from each other. People of different social classes separate themselves from each other because they are on different levels in terms of educational attainment, occupational prestige, and wealth. There is a clear relationship between social class and educational attainment. All though it is not true in every case, the typical trend is that as you move down the social ladder from high class to low class the amount of education received decreases (Petev, 2013). The people that belong to the upper class and wealthy population will more times than not have a very high level of education. That does not mean that they are better or smarter than everyone else. The reason is simple; they have more resources. The rest of the population can still reach the same level of education it is just harder because they need a scholarship more than likely.

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