Cultural Communication Essay
The French Revolution also had a dramatic affect on the age-old class system. Legal privileges that had been enjoyed by the nobility and clergy were extended to legal equality among all citizens. This, however, did not end the great barriers between social groups. In fact, it was not until after World War II that this social order changed with the post war economic expansion spreading to a larger number of the French population. Today, success, power, and money are much more important than birth in determining social status. Even with these economic advances, there are still many divisions among the classes. Politicians, business leaders, wealthy families, and senior civil servants still have a strong hold on the levels of power. The middle class is dividing into two different and distinct groups: the senior executives and professionals, and the growing mass of retail, food service, and clerical workers. The number of blue-collar workers has declined in recent years from industrial jobs to those in service jobs.
Americans do not have as rigid of a social structure. While there are the few financially elite, most American millionaires are self-made. They can be CEO’s of major corporations, celebrities, inventors and politicians. The