Middle Class Inequality

The first article called “Middle Class but Feeling Economically Insecure” discusses how middle class has increased with stress and anxiety. There are many individuals whom lost their jobs and have stagnating incomes. They also worry about their security and prospects leaving them feeling vulnerable. The middle class has experienced anxiety due to the instability of incomes. Most Americans feel like they are failing to keep up with the gains between themselves and the wealthy. The article states that those who are neither rich nor poor may fall under financial pressure because they can’t measure the income of those who are wealthy. Many Americans state that the reason they are struggling is because despite the education level they’ve reached, …show more content…
Today, unemployment is higher, but the government provides a lot of support and benefits. The downfall is that as the government is helping the middle and lower class, they are getting more in debt themselves. As far as the three articles, it shows how society is being affected. Many individuals feel as if they are struggling more as they get older, inequality is becoming more surreal, and poverty is increasing. Though the sociological perspectives have their own separate opinions, the goal is to keep society running and functioning. As a whole, individuals can work together and help each other grow. A conflict theorist may want to help out the poorer individuals because they won’t be able to obtain an education. They may also state that inequality and middle or lower class are always inferior compared to the upper class. The functionalist theorist may suggest that the function of education is to be educated by the workforce. Though these are two different perspectives, in the end they develop new discussions because they are understanding how society functions. Also as stated before, those struggling middle class Americans do not make enough living pay check to pay check. Conflict theorist state that capitalism benefits the rich and in fact, this is the best mechanism to spread the wealth. They believe that society can profit off of this, because the …show more content…
Though many middle class individuals are struggling, so are the lower class, and those who face inequality. I believe that society has their own ways of functioning. Without the middle class and lower class, society would not be the way it is. It was interesting to know that men are still earning more money than women. It is also devastating to know that older adults are often found struggling instead of living at peace. It saddens me to hear that because one thinks as one gets older, the social security benefits will help them. People at an older age should live comfortable, since they’ve worked all their lives they should receive a good check but I was wrong. Even Medicare does not cover everything which is why many individuals are living in poor conditions because it is either their health or living situation. As I was reading the second article, I came across to agree with the fact that many wealthy areas will have better living conditions for example, better schools and roads. However, those who live in poor areas do not have those resources. No matter how much the government spends on improving the poorer areas, they have not integrated the people who live in it so they do not change their habits, only their surroundings. Many Americans who receive higher education do not have the salary they need to live comfortably. As unemployment rises, so does everything around society.

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