social class



A status hierarchy in which individuals and groups are classified on the basis of esteem and prestige acquired mainly through economic success and accumulation of wealth. Social class may also refer to any particular level in such a hierarchy.

Four common social classes informally recognized in many societies are: (1) Upper class, (2) Middle class, (3) Working class, and the (4) Lower class.

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  • When someone wins the lottery they may suddenly find themselves in a higher social class and not know how to deal with it.

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  • Some societies are still based on the structure of social class where everything you can and will do in your life is dictated by the class you are born into, leaving your respective class is not easy in these societies.

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  • The lady looked at my barn boots and flannel shirt and immediately decided that I did not fit into her social class.

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