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WGST 303 Day 16 Class Matters

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    WGST 303 Day 16 Class Matters WGST 303 Day 16 Class Matters Presentation Transcript

    • Class Matters Dr. Sara Diaz WGST 303: The *isms: Race, Class, and Gender Gonzaga University
    • Income vs Wealth • What is the difference between income and wealth? How do both contribute to class?—Kendall • How does wealth differ from income? And how does wealth shape social systems in a way that advantages or disadvantages some? How does wealth affect mobility?— Lindsey • If there has been an "extraordinary jump in in income inequality" (122) then how are the lines of class becoming more blurred? And how does this relate to the difference between income and wealth?—Angela
    • American Dream & Meritocracy • How do you think the idea of Meritocracy connected, if at all, to the recent widening of the "haves" and "have-nots?" How does the idea of the "cumulative advantage" discredit meritocracy? – Andrea • Describe the difference between income and wealth and explain if you think that there's class equality in this country? Meaning, do you think everyone can reach that American Dream of being well-off in the US?—Marilyn
    • Intersections • What role has the American Dream played in justifying the differences among both class and race? How does this relate to color blindness??—Arijana • Andersen and Collins explained in their chapter on Systems of Power and Ineguality, that "class experiences within racial groups can vary widely". If so, why then are class differences seen by society as so race based? –McKenna
    • Class Mobility • In the passage Shadowy Lines That Still Divide, Scott and Leonhart say that mobility has stagnated and the ranks of the elite are opening. Do you think this is true, why or why not? What are some examples that prove and disprove this statement?—Hannah • What has skewed many American's perspective to believe that social mobility has increased over the past years, despite the fact that moving up from one class to another has only become progressively more difficult?—Emily • What is the "state" of class divisions in America? Define what it means to be "middle-class." Is class mobility still possible in America? –Michael • Why does the traditional economic appeal, now widely available to the working-class, give us the idea that, because of our ability to afford more material possessions, we have obtained the American goal of upward class mobility?—Juliana
    • Class Models • It was said that the 3 class system no longer applies, rather there are more than 3 classes. What model should we follow now if not everyone can fit into the 3 class model? Why do you think some American's see our country as "classless" while others see that classes are very important? –Madeline • Class is very complicated, bringing together the status of race, wealth and much more. This being true, how can we possibly view these issues as a whole? Could it be that class is not a problem within itself, but rather a title that encompasses many problems in our social divide? For instance if we managed to eliminate all racism, prejudice, sexism and the need of a single person to dominate, would classism still exist? Or is classism of its own standing, with these other problems simply making it worse?