Humanities
Sociology Social Class in the United States & Social Construction Q&A Discussion

Question Description

Help me study for my Social Science class. I’m stuck and don’t understand.

Question 1

Social Class

For this discussion, you must read Chapter 7 of the text, Sociology: Beyond Common Sense, and watch the two videos, Social Class in America 1957 McGraw-Hill text-films (Links to an external site.) [Transcript] (an old video but great example) and How Class Works – Richard Wolff Examines Class (Links to an external site.). Then, review the document, Knowledge of Hidden Rules of Social Class. Read through the descriptions of daily activities and commonplace knowledge for lower, middle, and upper class people. Print it out and place an ‘X’ next to the things you know how to do [you can also just note your ‘X’ marks], and look to see how many ‘X’ marks you have in each category [If you don’t have children, use yourself and your siblings as a reference group.]. This will help you gain insight into the taken for granted or hidden knowledge you need to survive in various social classes. After completing these tasks, consider the following questions:

  • Social Class in the US
    How would you categorize the types of knowledge? How and where would someone acquire and learn this knowledge? How do you gain access to the people and places this can be learned? Is this access generally equal in the US?
  • You as a Social Being
    On which questionnaires did you have the most and least marks? Were you surprised by the outcome? Do you have equal access to the people and places required to acquire knowledge you currently do not have?
  • Conclusions
    What conclusions can you make about the nature of the hidden knowledge necessary to be successful in each social class?

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

Question 2

Social Construction

For this discussion, you must read Chapter 8 and Chapter 9 of the text, Sociology: Beyond Common Sense, the article The ‘Pink vs Blue’ Gender Myth (Links to an external site.), and watch the three videos, Social Construction (Links to an external site.),[Transcript] RACE: Are We So Different? (Links to an external site.), and A Girl Like Me (Links to an external site.) [Transcript]. [Note that A Girl Like Me uses words or language that are considered profane, vulgar or offensive by some viewers. Ashford University does not condone such content that may be objectionable; however, the video is being used due to its impact and education value in understanding social construction.] After reviewing these resources on varied perspectives of social construction, consider the following questions:

  • What is social construction?
  • Which example from the resources provided did you find most compelling in building your knowledge of social construction? Describe it and explain why you found it most useful.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

Required Resources

Text

Durkin, K. F., & Carrothers, R. M. (2015). Sociology: Beyond common sense [Electronic version]. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/

  • Chapter 7: Social Stratification
  • Chapter 8: Race and Ethnicity
  • Chapter 9: Gender and Sexuality

Articles

Hammond, C. (2014, November 18). The ‘pink vs blue’ gender myth (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20141117-the-pink-...

Payne, R. (2005). Knowledge of the hidden rules of social class: A questionnaire. Adapted from A Framework for Understanding Poverty (4th ed.). Denver, CO: Aha Process Inc.

  • This resource is provided to complete discussion One and provides greater detail in relation to the topic of social class. This resource is available for download in your online classroom.

Multimedia

Knickerbocker Productions [shaggylocks]. (2012, August 14). Social class in America (propaganda from 1957) (Links to an external site.)[Video file]. Retrieved from

mediathatmatters. (2007, May 4). A girl like me (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from

  • Many sociologists agree that this documentary is impactful in understanding how social construction and depictions of race permeate society. The video depicts the views of young women and children of color and provides a visual interpretation of Social construction of race and ethnicity that is supplemental to the text. Note that A Girl Like Me uses words or language that are considered profane, vulgar or offensive by some viewers. Ashford University does not condone such content that may be objectionable; however, the video is being used due to its impact and education value in understanding social construction.
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RACE: Are We So Different? (2009, July 8). RACE: Are we so different? (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from

Social Images. (2008, September 16). Social construction (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from

theDossier.info. (2011, December 8). How class works – Richard Wolff examines class (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved from

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Question One
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QUESTION ONE

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Question One
Social Class

Social Class in the United States
There are three major social classes in the United States. These classes include low social
class, middle social class, and upper social class (Yates, 2017). In this case, a social class is the
status of a person in society in terms of wealth and income. However, the class in which an
individual lies in depends on the knowledge of others regarding the person. In this case, the
knowledge can be considered as the scientific or common basis understanding somebody or
something (Payne, 2005). Though people in the US are born in a particular class, some may
remain in the same class for their entire life, while others move up or go down. The knowledge
regarding social class is acquired depending on the period that one has known a person.
Me as a Social Being
The questionnaire appeared to be a...

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