The Difference Between Oppression And Success Within The Appalachian Region

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Individuals in societies are grouped into different classes called socioeconomic classes. Socioeconomic class “ is a set of concepts in the social sciences and political theory centered on models of social stratificationin which people are grouped into a set of hierarchical social categories,[1]the most common being the upper, middle, and lower classes” (“Social Class”, 2015). It is by these classes; upper, middle, and lower that individuals are classified. There are several variables that determine what class an individual will be in; education, income, and occupation. In this paper the variable of education will be focused on and how it relates to both oppression and success within the Appalachian Region. Although education through to …show more content…
Jobs in rural areas are not in abundance which makes obtaining employment even harder. With the requirements for a job increasing to needing a higher education it makes obtaining higher income based jobs even harder for those without a education. For example; a trip to the local workforce will prove it difficult to obtain a minimal job without a high school diploma, “In 25 of the 36 Appalachian counties with double-digit unemployment, more than one in five working-age adults lacked a high school diploma” (Scommegna, nd). This continues to prove education is the factor that determines if an individual feels oppression or success. Without employment an individual cannot provide financially for his or her family 's needs. This in itself will cause oppression. Lets look at both oppression and success a little closer.
Oppression: “the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, anxiety, etc” (Oppression, 2010). Now that we have a deffinition for oppression consider how not having a education could create anxieties and/or burdens on an individual who is trying to obtain a job. No consider how this job would assist him or her in providing for his or her family. The quality of the job would determine the amount of income he or she was able to obtain for his or her work. Having no education or lack of education would certaintly cause oppression for someone trying to meet this

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