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Social Classes. By Courtney Hill and Ryan McLean. The Upper Class. Generally contained within the wealthiest 1-2% of the population. Distinguished by immense wealth which is passed from generation to generation Term “upper class” was associated with hereditary land ownership.

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social classes

Social Classes

By Courtney Hill and Ryan McLean

the upper class
The Upper Class
  • Generally contained within the wealthiest 1-2% of the population.
  • Distinguished by immense wealth which is passed from generation to generation
  • Term “upper class” was associated with hereditary land ownership.
  • Less than 1% of the U.S. population is upper class.
the middle class
The Middle Class
  • Most Americans identify themselves as “middle class.”
  • The term “middle class” has come to mean having a stable job, safe home, access to healthcare, etc.
  • Constitutes anywhere from 25 to 66% of American households.
the lower class
The Lower Class
  • Also known as “working class” or “proletariat.”
  • Describes those employed in lower tier jobs with lower income.
  • Mainly found in industrialized economies and urban areas of non-industrialized economies
  • Also includes those who are unemployed and/or are on welfare.
origins of lower class
Origins of Lower Class
  • 3rd estate of people who were neither aristocrats nor church officials.
  • They were the lowest tier in Feudal Europe.
origins of middle class
Origins of Middle Class
  • In Capitalism, referred to as the Bourgeoisie
  • These people were the merchants, traders, carpenters, etc.
origins of upper class
Origins of Upper Class
  • In some cultures, upper class did not have to work, they were born into wealth.
  • Was based on social position.
  • Aristocrats, ruling families, titled people, and religious hierarchs.
stereotypes of lower class
Stereotypes of lower class
  • Racism can be associated to lower class
  • Lazy, unproductive failures going no where
  • The people who “do the jobs no one else wants to do.”
stereotypes of middle class
Stereotypes of middle class
  • “sitcom” families
  • White
  • Live in suburban neighborhoods
  • Have a dog and 2.5 kids
  • Man goes to work in an office while the wife takes care of the house
stereotypes of upper class
Stereotypes of upper class
  • Snobby/arrogant/self-centered
  • Like to spend money to show off
  • Unnecessary items