• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Discuss how far sociologists would agree that class is still important in todays society?

Extracts from this document...


Discuss how far sociologists would agree that class is still important in today?s society? Sociologists tend to agree that social class is still important in today?s society. It gives us the ability to obtain an education and a good job. However there is much less consent on how much social class affects our life chances or choices. It can be said that we have all become middle class now since we all share similar norms and values and many ?working? class jobs have become middle class since they require a high amount of skill and now receive at least the average middle class wage. This has left the majority of people with a lot of disposable income which has led to the requirement of us spending a lot of money on consumption products. ...read more.


They are often influenced to labelling which often leads to the formation of pupil subcultures, reduced life chances after they leave school as early as possible. Also because we have a multi cultural society people are thought of as more inferior which can lead to racism. There is also an imaginary division which both working and upper class have created. They have both created a stereotypical point of view for each other which is normally not true. The only reason that both classes act differently is because they have been brought up and have been socialised in a certain way. From this they are programmed to think differently of other classes without being educated. Children from poor income families also tend to end up at poor inner state schools where they are surrounded by other children who also have low aspirations leading to a lack of life chances compared to an upper class school child. ...read more.


In another example the job of fire-fighters is over dominated by men as they are physically and emotionally stronger than women. Things have improved if compared to the situation of women?s rights in society many years ago but there is still prejudice and discrimination in some areas. In conclusion social class has ceased to be the primary shaper of identity and that people can choose who they want to be, especially in terms of consumption and lifestyle. They neglect the fact that life choices and consumption depend on educational achievements, the jobs we have and the income we earn. But the working class are obviously less likely to qualify on all of this for this kind of lifestyle. Also the majority of the working class are well aware of the fact that it is their social class more than anything else that is holding them back from making choices that the middle class and upper usually take for granted. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Sociology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Sociology essays

  1. Polygamy in Today's Society.

    The father would have to be the one in charge, making sure everyone did as he said to ensure the success of the family. Could the father balance his time to make sure every one of his children had a strong father figure to look up to as they grew up in a polygamy household?

  2. Money and Power still remains with Caucasians

    United States 41 17.1 United States 13 Karl Albrecht Germany 86 17.0 Germany 14 Sheldon Adelson United States 72 16.1 United States 15 Liliane Bettencourt France 83 16.0 France 16 Lawrence Ellison United States 61 16.0 United States 17 Christy Walton United States 51 15.9 United States 18 Jim Walton

  1. Young people, class and gender

    The experiment also ended before his subjects reached adolescence. Moneys' final report in 1978 says: "Now prepubertal in age, the girl has . . . a feminine gender identity and role distinctly different from that of her brother.. . .The final and conclusive evidence awaits the appearance of romantic interest and erotic imagery."

  2. Are issues of Social Class still relevant in modern society?

    and resources were ploughed into identified areas of 'need', based on statistics identifying the socio-economic status of parents. Much of this money went to areas where the children were considered to be experiencing high levels of social deprivation, specifically in inner city areas, where the schools were run down however,

  1. The consumer society: Has the signification of the product become more important than its ...

    'As part of the process of social reproduction, classes in competition with each other attempt to impose their own habitus or system of classification on other classes, as part of their more general struggle to become dominant' (Lury, 1996, p88).

  2. Some sociologists even speak of an 'educational revolution'

    to improve equitable access, opportunity and success. In Belgium this movement was particularly impressive and successful. It accomplished to establish a system of grants for students from low-income families, social support services for students in the institutions, low fees, etc.

  1. Analyze how Far From Heaven employ mechanisms of cinematic identification.

    "Gender is the knowledge that establishes meaning for bodily differences...We cannot see sexual differences except as a function of our knowledge about the body and that knowledge is not 'pure', cannot be isolated from its implication in a broad range of discursive contexts" (Scott, J, 1988: 2).

  2. How far do sociologists agree that education benefits the ruling class?

    therefore they do not start to revolve, and do anything about it. According to Marxists meritocracy is just a myth, and education is not fair as it favours the wealthy.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work