Sociological Difference Between Class And Status

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Assessment 1

This essay will be discussing and establishing the difference between the sociological concepts of class and status.

The aspect that will be covered in this essay is defining what class and status is, next discuss what the difference between the two and then looking at the view of the sociologist Max Weber and Karl Marx, finally looking at two different eras and see how class and status have changed.


Defining class and status
There are two definitions of class; the first is a class that you sit in at school (the definition of class, n.d.), the second is a system where the order of society whereby people are divided on the bases of social or economic status (class, n.d.). In sociology, sociologists
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There is upper class that is the elite, upper middle class, lower middle class, working class and the poor (What is social class, n.d.).

The upper class is people such as the heads of multinational corporations, owners that have large amounts of stocks, land and other valuable assets. There lives are driven by wealth (What is social class, n.d.).

Upper middle class are respected members of society such as lawyers, accountants, engineers, etc. These people are well educated, have high income and are looked upon as … (What is social class, n.d.).

The lower middle classes are people who are semi-professional such as bank tellers, secretaries and white-collar workers. These jobs are often behind a desk or computer (What is social class, n.d.).

The working class is viewed as people who work long hard hours, such as nurses, labourers, trades, and delivery services. The working class often lives wage-to-wage when in come to things such as living expenses, e.g. rent, bills, food and water (What is social class, n.d.).

The poor class are people that live below the poverty line, the have very low paying causal work or none at all and often live off benefits such as centrelink (What is social class,
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He refers to status as to what a person is, whereas the closely linked notion of role refers to the behaviour expected of people in a status (Status and Role, Basic Concepts of Sociology Guide, n.d.).

Status is often looked upon, as a form of inequality, there is a view publicly viewed scale of hierarchy. This system of hierarchy involves factors such as prestige and intelligence, but other characteristics such as beauty and physical appearance also have a part to play in social status. (What is social class, n.d.).

An example of this hierarchy system in the work force would be the business owners, the lawyers, the accountants then on the lower end of the spectrum we have the cleaners, garbage collectors and the paper boys. (What is social class, n.d.).

Status can also be look as as social stratification, a system where society ranks categories of people into a hierarchy (Social Stratification: Definition, Theories & Examples - Video & Lesson Transcript, n.d.). Social status is basically a position or a rank within a particular group, for example with in the confinement of your family you maybe a daughter or granddaughter but at school you maybe the

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