Child Developement

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Marquita Steele
4/10/15
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Taylor and Sam both have natural talents to become surgeons, however, they are not equally as likely to succeed. There are many factors as to why one may be more likely to succeed than the other based on their social class. As stated in our textbook, social class studies the inequality that results from social relationships. Society has a stratification system. As discussed in class, stratification is the classification of individuals and ranking, on an inferiority and superiority scale. Individuals such as Taylor and Sam, are stratified by neighborhood, income, education, and more. With these classifications, society is able to determine who has a better chance in life. Referring back to our class discussion on Max Weber, his concept of “Life Chances” gives reasoning as to why Taylor has a better chance of succeeding than Sam. His concept states that “Life chances are opportunities an individual has of fulfilling their potential in life.” This means that individuals ranked higher in the stratification system have better “Life Chances”, than those ranked lower. Taking a look at Taylor and Sam’s neighborhood background, Sam is from a small town in rural Arkansas as compared to Taylor who is from Naperville, an upper- middle class suburb of Chicago. Taylor’s neighborhood have more stability such as services, recreational programs, and access to more things than Sam’s, whose neighborhood will have less stability. Based on their neighborhood background, Sam is less likely to succeed than Taylor, in the stratification system. Income is another category in the stratification system that classifies individuals. Those who have a wealthy income, will result in a better life-style, services, education, material goods, and more. Referring back to the article, “The opportunity gap”, it states that upper income parents invest more money…...

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