Most people define themselves as middle class, which is expected if you work a solid job and make a solid salary. Working class defined: majority of people say they are working class making medium salaries. People are now more distributed into classes then in 1951 and there are more “poor” people now then there used to be. People are more aware of class now because where they grew up and what their parents made and did has an impact of what their more likey to do and become. Society becomes more aware of this as time goes by. A lot of ambitions that people have to move from working class to higher class or at least middle class gets buried under the burdon of having to work minimum wage jobs to survive or even the burden of coming from a background of working poor. There is a link to geography to culture to aspirations to class. Working class versus the middle class used to be an interesting distinction but not so much anymore. Now they are pretty much the same. The interesting distinction now with unemployment rising is the non working class veruses the working class. Now with so many people not working, non working class has become a complete category on its own. I think that now if you want to move up the economic ladder in the United States, one of the best ways to do so is to earn a college degree. Historically education was not always the key to upward mobility. Another way would be an inheritance but most people don’t have either options.
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