Essay about Socioeconomic Status And Social Class

1098 Words Nov 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
Socioeconomic statuses are often measured as a combination of education, income and occupation (Education and Socioeconomic Status). It is commonly thought of as the social standing or class of an individual or group. When viewed through a social class lens, privilege, power, and control are emphasized. Furthermore, an examination of socioeconomic status as a gradient or continuous variable reveals discrimination in access to and distribution of resources. People who come from a lower socioeconomic status or poverty areas believe that they are not able to go to college, because they are not in a suitable financial situation, that their parents did not go, or that they are not smart enough to go onto post secondary education. Joe Meraglio was discharged from the navy after the Second World War, and he did not go to college (Rose). He went straight into working odd jobs here and there, and over thirty-three-year career he went from a lower socioeconomic class to join a solid socioeconomic class. He was able to put three kids through college, but he did not go to college, because he thought that he was not smart enough and that it was impossible, because he only had an eighth-grade level education. People who come from a lower socioeconomic class have multiple reasons why they may not go onto a high education after high school, but a major reason is that they are not in a suitable financial situation to go. People who come from a lower socioeconomic class or poverty of all…

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