Post Info TOPIC: EQ: Class Division

EQ: Class Division

1.     Is class division an inherent quality or consequence of a capitalist economy?  Should it be?

2.     To what extent do race and gender influence class level and division within different cultural groups in America?

3.     What relationships, patterns and lessons has American history taught us concerning class division?

4.     How do political and economic institutions influence class mobility and social opportunities for cultural groups in America?

5.     How is economic justice defined?  Is it viable within a capitalist economy?

6.     In what way does class division influence American culture and cultural groups in America?

7.     Does the perception of socio-economic conditions in America differ from its reality?  Why or why not?

8.     To what extent does the mass media influence either the perception or reality of class division in American society?

9.     To what extent have efforts to eliminate class division been successful in American history? To what extent have they failed?

10. Assess the validity of the following statement: Political activism can reduce class division in American society.



  1. I believe class division is an inherent quality of capitalism. I think the system just doesnt allow enough prospects for the working class to increase their position in society when many have little wealth left over after living expenses. As well, those who are already well set off can put their children through college and bestow upon them hefty inheritances, widening the chasm between social classes. This shouldnt be the case. I think capitalism should be more tamed and allow for better class equality among American society.
  2. Economic justice is defined as: fairness and equity in economic affairs, presumably by having laws, governments, and institutions that treat people equally and avoid favoring particular individuals or groups. I dont believe economic justice is viable in a capitalist system because of the discrepancy it creates between social classes. I think those in higher standings will always have the upper hand in economic affairs.
  3. I think the mass media has a good hold on the way on the perception or of class division in American society. The media has the power to, and has, exploited classes; they can also help perpetuate stereotypes. And in a day where much of our society doesnt even have the courtesy to watch the news, a typical tabloid can be the only source of information. Were relying too much on what a camera lens shows us, rather than allowing ourselves to venture and discover the beauty and ugliness of the world.
  4. I believe there is validity in the statement: political activism can reduce class division in American society. Bringing people together and uniting them under one cause can help to blur the lines separating classes. The less willing we are to be reserved and stay with denizens of our own classes, and the more we blend and accept that regardless of class we are all Americans, the marks that divide us will look increasingly obscure.
  5. I think class division can have a very detrimental influence on society. The alienation of classes is one negative result. And I also believe the separation can cultivate animosity between classes, for example those of impoverished and affluent backgrounds. I can scarcely think of a beneficial aspect of class division, one that doesnt further distance the people of our nation.

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