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  • Economic Elitism And Patriarchal Oversight Of Marriage
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    Marriage in Colonial Mexico: Patriarchy and Economy In To Love, Honor, and Obey in Colonial Mexico, Patricia Seed argues that the Bourbon Century drastically changed the view of marriage in New Spain. She suggests that the emphasis on virtue and free will in marriage gave way to a new quasi-bourgeois family unit based upon status and patriarchal control. While this is true for the elite of eighteenth century New Spain, this could not have spread to the urban or rural poor. They did not have an o...
  • Liberal Culture
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    There is no guessing where the oligarchs stand. 'All power and wealth to the oligarchy' is their motto. Those existing in the lower ranks of poverty are of no concern to the upper class, exploiting other members of society are what they do best. The tory we find at the other end of the scale. In tory society tradition rules; taking the group's well being rather than the individual is primary. Somewhere in the middle we have the liberals (some bleeding hearts, some not so much). Reason, rationali...
  • Working Poor In The Inner City
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    When someone thinks of the poor they instantly imagine a homeless man sleeping in a cardboard box or the nearest garbage can, but the working poor especially in the inner-city is commonly overlooked by society. However the working poor, in this case the working poor in the inner-city, are people advancing to try and make their lives better. They are taking minimum wage jobs so that they can barely afford a roof over their heads. Within Katherine Newman's novel No Shame In My Game, she studies th...
  • Middle Riis
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    The novel How the Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis shocked middle and upper class Americans when it was published in 1890. Riis created a sensation when he revealed to the world, combining detailed written descriptions with graphic photographs, the horrific conditions of New York Citys tenement housing. How the Other Half Lives raised many questions, such as how and why the poor are subjected to such terrible living conditions and how that environment affects them. Riis also reveals his fears and ...
  • Social Interaction Between The Classes
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    Entertainment from today's astounding visual effects in movies to men acting as women in Shakespearean plays some centuries ago, have always been and will always be appreciated by many. Even George B. Shaw's play Pygmalion, has given a few laughs, but not only made for engaging an audience in something fun and making money, instead to a noticeable extent for people to learn. "Pygmalion" in fact, is a play filled with its popular misconceptions, like in Act 1 where a professor in phonetics happen...
  • Dickens Oliver Twist
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    Oliver Twist By: Charles Dickens Oliver Twist provides insight into the experience of the poor in 1830's England. Beneath the novel's raucous humor and flights of fancy runs an undertone of bitter criticism of the Victorian middle class's attitudes toward the poor. Oliver is a near perfect example of the hypocrisy and venality of the legal system, workhouses, and middle class moral values and marriage practices of 1830's England. As a child, Dickens endured the harsh conditions of poverty. His f...
  • Equal Opportunities For Social Mobility
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    Meet Sandra, a mother recently divorced from her abusive middle-class husband. Her previous life had been comfortable; she now lives day-to-day with her children, working as a secretary while attending college courses in her little spare time, all while attending to her home and family. She finally ends up attaining her degree, yet can still find no job paying higher than her secretarial job, so she takes on a second job as a grocery checkout person, still barely making ends meet for her family....
  • Social Class In America
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    This week in class we dealt with the subject of varying types of social structures. To start there are open and closed systems. An open systems allows for an individual to move up or down in society where as the closed system allows for no mobility. The only closed system I am familiar with is the caste system in India. In a closed social system you are born into your class and that is the same one you will grow up in. While discussing this subject it would be helpful to define class in the mann...
  • Gap Between The Rich And The Poor
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    To Have and Have Not Michael Lind Michael Lind wrote the article To Have and Have not about the ever-increasing gap between the rich and the poor. He comments with heart and knowledge on the fact that the prosperous are increasing their wealth by taking from the poor. It sounds like and basically is the story of Robin Hood. He writes about the amount of power the wealthy have, segregated work places, the crooked political system, and tax reforms. But what amazes me the most is that he too is par...
  • Lower Class Backgrounds
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    Barry Glassner's book The Culture of Fear demonstrates how people manipulate our understanding and profit from our anxieties; and how the media gather scares to get ratings. I will demonstrate how Glassner's theory proves how forms of inequality perpetuate the "culture of fear" and in turn, how the "culture of fear perpetuates forms of inequality. Poverty is a major problem in the world today. Glassner's theory demonstrates how the lower class continues to put out a bad image which is in turn la...
  • Poor Low Income Class
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    Society is constructed into a hierarchy of social classes; poverty is what separates the social classes apart. The elite rich are at the top of this hierarchy, at the center are the middle-income families, and at the bottom are the low-income families and homeless. Traditionally the rich exploit the poor for more money while the poor become even more destitute. In the United States, the minorities are typically in the poor low-income level. The essays, Savage Inequalities, Positive Functions of ...
  • Jobs Of The Middle Class People
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    The future of America does not look too prominent. The gap of wealth is widening. The rich are getting richer and the poor are poorer. Pretty soon the gap between the rich and the poor will become irreversible. People who would have had solid jobs in past generations are getting laid off or fired in this day and age. The middle class seems to be disappearing because of new advances in technology such as machines and computers. The computers and machines are taking over the jobs of the middle cla...
  • Proposal For National Health Care
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    As President of the United States, I would like to propose a government sponsored, national system health care. With that, would like to model this system in the fashion of European and most other world countries, which would call for its financing through a twenty percent tax. With this proposal, everyone will be cared for in accordance to their needs, however the quality of health care will be equal in all cases. And with all the money saved from not having to spend it on insurance, can be put...
  • Several Examples In The Story
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    In Robert Coles writing, he uses the term "class" as the backbone to explain why kids turn out to be certain ways. Class is not always the issue though and in "Entitlement", there are many examples to prove that. Most people think that children of rich families are going to be spoiled but it's not always the case. For example, there was a young girl in a very wealthy family and she mostly cared about other people then herself. She gave half of her Christmas money to the poor people in Africa and...
  • Source 16 Middle Class Women
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    I have been asked to write an essay on the subject of the role of women in the middle ages. In this essay I am attempting to out line the opinion that how hard life for women was. There were some ways that women could gain both personal and legal freedom but this was very difficult. Women could not even say or do what they wanted without permission from men. What kinds of work did medieval women have to do? Different classes of women would have done different jobs. The poor women would have work...

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