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Class: Relative social rank in terms of income, wealth, education, occupational status and/or power.
Classism: The institutional, cultural and individual set of practices and beliefs that assign differential value to people according to their socioeconomic class; and an economic system that creates excessive inequality and causes basic human needs to go unmet.
Status: Social status can be understood as the degree of honor or prestige attached to one’s position in society.
Ruling Class: The stratum of people who hold positions of power in major institutions of the society.
Owning Class/Rich: The stratum of families who own income-producing assets sufficient to make paid employment unnecessary.
Upper-Middle Class: The portion of the middle class with higher incomes due to professional jobs and/or investment income.
Middle Class: The stratum of families for whom breadwinners’ higher education and/ or specialized skills brings higher income and more security than working class people have.
Lower-Middle Class: The portion of the middle class with lower and less stable incomes due to lower-skilled or unstable employment.
Working Class: The stratum of families whose income depends on hourly wages for labor, or on other non-managerial work or very small business activity that doesn’t require higher education.
Poverty Class: The stratum of families with incomes persistently insufficient to meet basic human needs.
Cultural Capital: The forms of knowledge, skill, education, any advantages a person has that give her or him a higher status in society.
Social Capital: Resources based on group membership, relationships, networks of influence and support.
Internalized Classism: Acceptance and justification of classism by working-class and poor people, such as feelings of inferiority to higher-class people, hostility and blame toward other working-class or poor people, and beliefs that classist institutions/policies are fair are all examples of internalized subordination. Feelings of superiority to people lower on the class spectrum than oneself, a sense of entitlement, rationalizations of classist policies and institutions on the part of middle class and people on the upper end of the class spectrum are examples of internalized domination. Both internalized subordination and internalized dominance are manifestations of internalized classism.
Class Privilege: One of the many tangible or intangible unearned advantages of higher-class status, such as personal contacts with employers, good childhood health care, inherited money, speaking the same dialect and accent as people with institutional power.
Definitions were provided from Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice Edited by Maurianne Adams, Lee Anne Bell, Pat Griffin, © Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, Second Edition, Routledge, 2007
I think classism is the root of almost all of the issues in the world currently. I think issues like patriarchy, misogyny, racism, etc all stemmed because of classism, capitalism, and the greed of a few people. To achieve anything in the issues I just mentioned, I think classism has to be dealt with. If we break through that wall, everything else will come crashing down as they are dependent on that wall.
This very issue, unfortunately will never go away. And it brakes my soul to even say, I wish we lived in a world of peace and brotherhood amongst our species. In the end we all bleed red....same organs... bones & all. And yet, there are massive amounts of individuals that classify & judge others based off the color of their skin. The statistics shown from this link bring to light exactly what I'm referring to. These percentages speak volumes & it's so unfortunate to say, but seeing the world as it currently is..... these racist classification behaviors projected onto African Americans doesn't seem to be stopping. As we see today, with everythin captured on camera, from media outlets voicing their opinions, & influencing others, it's all seeming to just get worse. This link is as informative, as it is touching. Even in the regard of showing the piece on the deaf young man, with a brief view of his trials & tribulations. He faced a doubled edged sword, as do all that has been & are in such an unfortunate living situation. I can only hope one day everyone from all walks of life could view the world with compassion & understanding.