In Australia, a Person's Social Class Impacts Their Life Chances

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In Australia, a person's social class impacts their life chances'. Critically evaluate this statement.

Social class affects one’s life chance across a broad range of social occurrence from education achievement to health care to contact with the criminal justice system. This essay will argue that class has a remarkable impact on the life chances of an individual. It will further expostulate that high outcomes in academic performance in Australia is more prevalent on students from the high rank of hierarchy than those from poor families, that health issues are more profound in people from lower socioeconomic, and that youth from disadvantaged background are more likely to commit a criminal act.

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If paid jobs are not available in their community when those children leave school, then a number of social problems arise including and specially crime. Data compiled in three estates (Victoria, south Australia and Queensland) show that the use of illicit drugs and arrests due to minor crimes were higher in youth from low socioeconomic areas where there were low jobs availability, and that a higher percentage of detainees were on government welfare (Australian Institute of Criminology, 2008 data).

Social inequality also affects a person’s health. Socioeconomically deprived groups suffer more from ill health than those from the higher strata. Greig, Lewins & White (2003), argue that work environment and distress due to unemployment are major contributors to sickness. (Greig, Lewins & White, 2003). To say that ill health amongst the poor is due to genetic, only redirects the attention from social explanation to diseases. Such explanations are used to corroborate inequality as inevitable. Wetz called this as “The geneticising of society, in which a fatalism about health, disease and life chance is fostered” (Wertz, 1992 as cited in Greig, Lewins & White). Grieg et al, point out that lifestyle may contribute to health problems but are not the core cause of sickness in poor people and that wealthier

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