September 9, 2013
When I think about the statement “Class is everywhere, yet it is hard to see”, I cannot fully agree with it. I agree that class is everywhere and it plays a huge role in everyday life. However I do not believe that it is hard to see. I believe that social class is very apparent to those who do not belong to the privileged classes. Class is also as apparent to those who are members of higher classes, however the higher classes have a harder time acknowledging the problem that the social class system creates in our society.
For those people in the lower classes it is easy to see that life is made harder by the fact that they are apart of the lower class. There are fewer resources available to lower class people. Resources like good primary and secondary education and affordable post secondary education for those who make it past the public education system. Besides education, it is also harder for lower class people to work in occupations of prestige because those jobs are typically given to higher-class people with connections.
For those who are a part of the upper class, it is also easy to see that there are social classes in our society that give us our places in life. It is obvious to those of the upper class that there are people who are lower than them. They “do not belong” in their high-class society. They do not have “class” and do not carry themselves in a way that someone of higher status does. While the higher class people may not see the difference between classes because of issues like uneven distribution of resources, they can see the difference in “class” and actions.
There is a difference however, between easily seeing class and easily acknowledging it. It is easier to acknowledge a problem exists when you are the one affected by it. For the upper, it is harder it acknowledge social class as a problem. This is because the social class system benefits the upper...
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