Orkida Marashi 4.1

What Determines How Americans Perceive Their Social Class?

1-Do you notice any similarities in the way the social class is discussed in readings 4.1 and 4.2? Do you notice any differences in the way these two readings DIFFERENTIATE between social classes?

I see some similarities in these two readings, that how social classes are often presented as the number of incomes to the number of the level population. Unfortunately, those who are living in poor neighborhoods receive low-income and have a lot of living problems. The difference between the two readings is that the reading “What Determines How Americans Perceive Their Social Class?” clearly illustrates the amount of income of the people who are divided into lower, worker, middle, upper-middle, upper. You can clearly understand that lower is the people whose incomes increase while the working and middle classes. Working-class and middle class dominates in the united state. Also, shows the level of education that impacts age, race, and area. The “INEQUALITY AND NEW YORK’S SUBWAY” shows the chart of the stations compared to the neighborhood incomes.

2-Pick the station closest to where you live. Using the concepts from Reading 4.1, what social class tends to live in your neighborhood? Are you surprised (or not) by the answer? Do you feel it is an accurate representation of the people living in your neighborhood?

As I saw the chart on reading 4.2 after I read the explanation of it at the reading 4.1 I was surprised. I live in the Bronx, and I found that people living a few blocks from my neighborhood were living in much low-income housing. I can say that most of the people living in the Bronx are immigrants and can’t afford to live in expensive places. When I came to New York I saw a lot of homeless people living in the streets, or when I take the train from the Bronx to Manhattan I have seen a lot of people begging for money or food. With all of this I can say that this is the system of capitalistic that tends to shift wealth to the upper and middle class, but neglecting the majority of people living in the lower classes.

3-Based on Reading 4.2, do you notice a general pattern about social classes in NYC?

Based on Reading 4.2 I notice that in New York City are still social classes in which everyone gets paid differently depends on where you live. High rent forces low-income residents to relocate from the neighborhood and go to lower and probably more dangerous areas. Higher education is a great equalizer for the social mobility of people if the state would give opportunity and help those students who don’t have economic possibilities.