Class Matters By Bill Keller Essay

3187 Words Apr 30th, 2015 13 Pages
Greg Martinez
Culture and Health

Class Matters

The book I read Class Matters was put together as a series; It’s a beautifully reported yet deeply disturbing portrait of a society bent out of shape by harsh inequalities. In a country that boasts “The American Dream” the chances of moving up in class and living out this dream are lower now then ever before. Bill Keller of the New York Times Company said “In Class Matters, a team of New York Times reporters explores the ways in which class defined as a combination of income, education, wealth, and occupation--influences destiny in a society that likes to think of itself as a land of opportunity.” This book followed the lives of people from all classes and aspects of life. It depicted so vividly just how powerful of a force social class is in America. These reporters went into the lives of individuals from Kentucky and Chicago who have used education to lift themselves out of poverty and others in Virginia and Washington whose lack of education holds them back. They met an upper-middle-class family in Georgia who moves to a different town every few years, and also the newly rich in Nantucket whose mega-mansions have driven out the longstanding residents. Then they took a deeper look into how class disparities manifest themselves at the marriage altar and the doctor 's office. The overall group or population under study is more or less the entire population of the United States broken down into different classes to see how…

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