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.
Medieval Society • Rigid class structure • Determined by landownership and birth • Movement through marriage and sometimes acquiring land
Indian Society • Extremely rigid system • Class and career determined by birth • Nearly impossible to move up
Victorian Society (Marx) • Less rigid system • Determined by wealth and prestige • Movement possible, but difficult
America Today? • Fluid system • Determined by wealth • Easy to move up