Chapter 9 describes how sociologists (among others) divide U.S. society into social classes in order to analyze social stratification. It’s simple to conclude that it’s not solely our individual effort that dictates social class, but also structural obstacles such as high cost of living and stagnated salaries that make upward mobility difficult. It is often said that our social class determines our life chances and opportunities as there is a direct relationship between health and social class. There is also a relationship between education and social class, which is the topic for our assignment this week.
Listen to the following podcast (Prologue + Act One) and answer the questions below.
Podcast link: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/550/three-miles
1. Though these schools are only 3 miles apart, how are they different with regard to finances and resources? Give an example.
2. Some students benefited from the “exchange program” and others did not. Why were some students negatively effected by seeing “the other side”?
3. Discuss social mobility with regard to education. Does one lead to the other?
All discussion posts should be considered college-level writing. Apply all principles of grammar and ethics in your writing. Include in-text citations whenever you quote from or paraphrase an outside source. Include a bibliography of sources in ASA citation format at the bottom on your entry.
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