Forum 9 Chapter 7 The Structure of Inequality

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Discussion Board Forum #9 – Ch 7

Chapter 7 – Social Class: The Structure of Inequality: Life Chances

Max Weber explained that social class impacts one’s life chances, meaning the extent to which individuals have access to important societal resources such as food, clothing, shelter, education, and health care.

Think about your own life chances. Explain how they have been determined by your social class?

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1.My life chances always changed depending on the social class I was a part of; during different times of my life, I have been in the underclass, working poor, working class, middle class, and upper-middle class.

When my family moved to the U.S. we were part of the working class, until my father, who was the sole income provider, was severely injured in a car accident. After months of litigation, he convinced the courts that he should be awarded the full cost of tuition for a Masters degree, since he could no longer physically work in the same field due to the party that caused his accident. Once he acquired that degree, my father was able to build a successful business that moved us into the middle class. This change enabled us to always have food, shelter, clothing, education, and health care that we did not generally have before, and set a standard for lifestyle in my mind.

When I moved out of my family’s home, with my husband, I started in the underclass. My social class did affect my life chances; I never felt starvation but did get to a point where noodles were the only thing in the pantry, there wasn’t money to buy new clothes, shelter had to be shared with another family, and public assistance provided health care and occasionally food stamps. I did not have a high school diploma but I was taking classes at a community college with financial aid assistance. I did have everything I needed to survive, however it was very difficult to maintain steady income and resources.

Several years later, I was part of the working poor and working class. During this time, I had adequate access to shelter, food on a tight budget, rarely bought clothing, no health care, and stopped my education since the financial aid amount was significantly less than before. Resources were still tough to get and hard to consistently keep coming in. Once I reached the middle class I had everything readily available to me and felt a sense of familiarity I had missed. Since the burden of having to work continuously for survival was no longer an issue, I had time to finally get my GED and go after a bachelor’s degree.

Now that my family and I have steadily worked ourselves into the upper-middle class, my life chances have exponentially expanded. Everything I need to survive is available and I have gained a comfortable lifestyle. Since I have been through mostly every social class, I have retained a great amount of resourcefulness while moving through classes, that can help me adapt to any social class changes in the future.

2.My life chances have a lot to do with my social class as well my age, place I live and work and the people I have association with. According to the social class classification, I would be living in a working class/lower middle class type of household. Since I am restricted by me and my parent’s social class, I do not have access to certain groups of people, CEOs, celebrity or the super-rich. What I have access to is my own working class, small business owners, second-hand car salesman, friends who works at the supermarket, college students, etc. Since I have never experience poverty myself so I always have access to food and adequate clothing. I have never been homeless so I always have a place to live in and proper college education and health care. On the other hand, because I have limited income, I am not able to live in a mansion, have private jets, or very fancy cars. Overall, our life chances largely depends on our social class and in turn influence how we make important decisions.

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