Journal Prompt for Global Stratification
Using Gilbert and Kahl’s model of social class, identify your family’s social class position on the social class ladder. Explain what general factors you are using to place you/your family in that position, as well as noting any examples of status inconsistency. Next, predict (or imagine) the social class to which you see yourself belonging when you are forty years old while noting whether it is the same as or different than your family’s current social class position. Finally, consider all of the advantages and/or disadvantages your family’s current social class position provides or poses in helping to determine the social class to which you see yourself belonging when you are forty years old. If you are already older than forty, you can look back and analyze your path based on the past, or if you have children you might use one of them to look to the future.
You should consult the article in the weekly assignment and any other sources you’d like in discussing these events. Please list any sources you viewed at the bottom of your assignment. If you’re interested in reading more about this, message me. I’ll be happy to send you some more links to sociological analyses of these events.
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeUse Course Material
Specifically refer to course concepts in your discussion using material from assigned readings, videos and/or discussion.
Connect Course Material to Your Experience
Write about connections you see between the course material and your life experiences. You can also relate course concepts to things you see, hear or read about in the media (if you do this, let me know where you found the media, i.e. NYTimes on 8/19 and include a link to the article or web page so I can check it out too!)