Social Class As A Group With Similar Power, Wealth, And Status

825 Words May 12th, 2016 4 Pages
Max Weber defined social class as a group with similar power, wealth, and status. Status refers to the honor and prestige related to one’s occupation, while power is described as the ability to convince others to do what you desire. In the United States, social class is divided using the five class model: upper, upper middle, lower middle, working class, working poor, and underclass. Social class is measured using three factors: education, wealth, and occupation. The most often used measure of social class in the United States is education, because it is easy to report and remains relatively stable across the adult life. In Europe, however, occupation is the most commonly used measure. According to the “Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?” documentary, the US has one of the lower infant mortality rates of the developed world, ranking 34th. In the US, well-educated individuals are more likely to have fulfilling, rewarding jobs with high income, have a higher sense of control over their lives and live healthier lifestyles. Less educated individuals face more sickness and disability and actually face earlier deaths. Health lifestyles are determined by SES, as a result of the interplay between life conduct and life chances. In order to acquire a certain lifestyle, an individual must have access to the necessary financial resources, status, rights, and social relationships, which is almost solely determined by SES. According to K.A.S. Wickrama, “socially disadvantaged…

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