CLASS & STATUSUPPER CLASSThe upper class is the social class composed of those who are wealthy, well-born, or both. They usually wield the greatest political power. In some countries, wealth alone is sufficient to allow entry into the upper class. In others, only people born into certain aristocratic bloodlines are considered members of the upper class. The upper class is generally contained within the wealthiest 1-3 percent of the population. Members of the upper class are often born into it, and are distinguished by immense wealth which is passed from generation to generation in the form of estates. Sometimes members of the upper class are called "the one percent".
MIDDLE CLASSThe middle class are the most contested of the three categorizations, the broad group of people in contemporary society who fall socio- economically between the lower class and upper class. One example of the contestation of this term is that in the United States "middle class" is applied very broadly and includes people who would elsewhere be considered lower class. Perspectives concerning globalization, such as dependency theory, suggest this is due to the shift of low-level labour to developing nations and the Third World.
LOWER CLASSLower class (occasionally described as working class) are those employed in low-paying wage jobs with very little economic security. The working class is sometimes separated into those who are employed but lacking financial security, and an underclass—those who are long-term unemployed and/or homeless, especially those receiving welfare from the state. Stereotypically, working class people often live in decaying, crime- ridden urban areas with low-quality civil services.
A person’s class can affect their education (how they can attend exclusive, private schools), health and nutrition (lower quality health care, poorer people tend to work in more hazardous conditions and have less (if any) health insurance), employment (whereby upper/middle class people have more freedom in their occupation with more authority and finally police and the courts (where people with lower status are more likely to be detained by police and less likely to have a fair trial).
CAMERA WORKMedium shot used to show mum eating – poor quality food shows that this is a working class family.Lots of high angles shots to represent that they are poor and not important to society.Medium shot used to show family in their small home.
CAMERA WORKLong shot also used to show painter (working class person) outside small housesFirst shot in opening is an establishing shot of Road, which shows a working class environment.Point of view shot used at the being of young girl to show the environment and background she comes from.
EDITINGMontage of dad working building site- occupation shows working class. Montage was fast paste to show the audience quick other view of the mans jobs so that the audience could establish his social class
EDITINGScene the beginning uses zooming effect from outside of the house into the house. This shows the typical indoor and outdoor environment of a working class area
SOCIAL CLASS/STATUS DEFINITIONSocial class (or simply "class") is a set of concepts in the social sciences and political theory centered around models of social stratification in which people are grouped into a set of hierarchical social categories.
HOW MISE EN SCENE REPRESENTS SOCIAL CLASS/STATUSThe mise en scene in these shotsshow people dressed in casualclothing that looks like it has beenworn a lot this connotes low classpeople, also the series of shotssuggest that low class people whowork mediocre jobs like buildingnever have happy marriages andthis leads to cheating.
This shot shows a man dressed The mise en scenein a suit and standing next to an in this shot shows aexpensive car which suggests pretty low qualitythat he is wealthy and well off, in house with ana higher class that people. outside clothes line and a woman and her children in from which suggests that they live in bad conditions A man dressed in a vest top watching football suggest that This picture suggest people who are low that low class people class do nothing live in terraced and and are lazy that all council housing which they do is sit around links in with where the watch tv and drink factory workers who were poor used to live
This shot shows that the daughterhas been put on report thissuggests that lower class people’schildren are badly behaved and badmannered causing them to get intotrouble. It also suggests that theydo not take education seriously andare also badly educated meaningthey are stupid.
HOW SOUND REPRESENTS SOCIAL CLASSIn this particular clip most of the sound that is heard is Diegetic sound as most of it can be heard. The only pieces of Non-Diegetic sound are the song in the intro. The piano music when they are having the affair and the sound when the girl gets run over as that would be a sound effect. The sound in intro and when the affair is happening has a quite simple piano part but some beautiful violin sounds, this ties in with the two social classes as the violin part could represent the higher class and the simple piano part could represent the lower class.Diegetic Sound Non-Deigetic Sound- Shouting/Talking - Introduction Music- Background TV noise - Sound effect of girl getting run over- Background Train Noises - Music when the affair is taking place- Builders Work Noise- Airplane Noise- Car Noise when it brakes- Accents
SOUND IN TERMS OF ACCENT AND VOCABULARYThe accents that are used in the clip are mainly London accents, but more like an east London accent which is the poorer side of London. This show that the people living there are lower class. Higher class Lononders in the Westend of London would have a posh accent reflecting their wealth and status. The vocabulary used also gives away the social status’s because of how they would be educated, higher class people would more likely be educated better and use a wider variety of words unlike lower class people who would use a smaller variety of words and more slang words and also are prone to swearing a lot more for example in the clip the words ‘Stupid cow’ and ‘bleeding’ are used.
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