Essay Assignment

Go to the NY Times Class Matters series and explore the site a bit. Then click on the Where do you fit in? activity. Conduct a multidimensional analysis of your class with the Occupation, Education, Income, and Wealth variable. Use your parents, your grandparents, and yourself as examples.

How do these variables relate to Social Class? How has the Social Class of your family changed (or not) over the past three generations? In your essay draw on the following concepts from your readings – socioeconomic status, education and class, race and class, gender and class, globalization, meritocracy, class mobility, class consciousness, poverty, work ethic, functionalist and conflict views on class, inequality, etc.

This essay should be at least 800 words and should be very specific about the terms and concepts mentioned in your book and in the readings for the unit.

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