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  1. Social Classes I am still a little afraid of missing something if I forget that, as my father snobbishly suggested, and I snobbishly repeat, a sense of the fundamental decencies is parceled out unequally at birth.

  2. Medieval Society • Rigid class structure • Determined by landownership and birth • Movement through marriage and sometimes acquiring land

  3. Indian Society • Extremely rigid system • Class and career determined by birth • Nearly impossible to move up

  4. Victorian Society (Marx) • Less rigid system • Determined by wealth and prestige • Movement possible, but difficult

  5. America Today? • Fluid system • Determined by wealth • Easy to move up