To what degree are our life chances determined by our so by Ursa Minimus on February 18th,8:
Environmental Inequality, Class, and Life Chances Marie Berry on September 19, A few years ago, I was a teaching assistant for an introduction to sociology course that structured every reading and lecture around exploring the idea that social class determines life chances. Reading the TSP special article Environmental Inequalitiesby Hollie Nyseth Brehm and David Pellow, reminded me of what a powerful and simple framework that is to introduce new students to the discipline of sociology or discussions about social inequality in general.
In the article, Nyseth Brehm and Pellow tackle the issue of environmental injustice by looking at how low income people, immigrants, people of color, and indigenous communities are much more likely to live near a major environmental hazard.
The people who live near these hazardous areas face profound risks: Many more environmental hazards like this exist across the country and world.
This article would be a terrific way to introduce students to discussions on inequality, environmental policy, or climate change.
There is tremendous evidence that the life chances of the poor in the US suffer in comparison to the wealthier strata of society. Wealthier individuals have increased educational opportunities, income earning potential, and employment prospects—all elements of living a successful life.
But the evidence also suggests something more alarming: Put simply, poor people in the US have lower life expectancies than their wealthier compatriots.
There are a variety of mechanisms though which this inequality comes about: Furthermore, as the article discusses, the poor disproportionately live in close proximity to environmental hazards that threaten their health.
Below are a few examples that you could draw upon to make these points in class. Class and Life Chances in Disasters The Titanic is the classic extreme example of the relationship between social inequality and mortality, and it could be used in a class setting to begin to illustrate how gender, race, and aspects of social class impact our lives.
Because the ship was divided into 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class cabins, class stratification was exceptionally clear. These percentages exclude children, and the source is found here.
Expanding this discussion to Hurricane Katrina and other more recent disasters would further the discussion, guided by the following questions: Nothing exposes social inequality like disasters.
If so, why might this be the case?
If not, why not? Can you think of examples of other natural disasters where this statement was accurate? On the Titanic, what were some of the mechanisms that explain the relationship between ship class and mortality?
During Hurricane Katrina, what mechanisms help explain the relationship between social class and chance of survival? There are untold other topics in this line of discussion—including on the relationship between social class and incarceration, illness, death in war, and crime selected readings on these subjects are listed below.
The following discussion questions might be useful when discussing this article: Class determines place of residence. The article notes that climate change is another example of environmental inequality. How is this the case?
What does this mean for certain populations around the world? What are some of the ways that climate change may disproportionately impact certain populations in the future? Chance of success in the future? Supplemental Readings To deepen the discussion about the relationship between social class and life chances, a variety of subjects and articles might be introduced.
Below are several readings to get the discussion going: On the link between social class and death in war: Class, Poverty, and the Risks of War.There may also be other less obvious inequalities, from social class, that can affect a person’s life chances.
In a modern society social class and life chances depend largely on economic differences between groups, such as wealth and income, possession . The poorest children still have little chance of becoming lawyers, doctors, senior civil servants and financiers, a report published by the Liberal Democrats today shows.
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Social class and life chances 1. You have 3minutes towrite down 5 things you learntfrom last lesson 2. Social class and life chancesLO: To understand how socialclass can affect life chances. Extent to which people are in a different social class to the one they were brought up in. It defines the chances for climbing up the social ladder, which results in higher income. Due to higher life expectancy, elderly people can live only on life savings and pensions: results in lower income. To be able to critically evaluate the. Aug 10, · Perhaps we all have more than one social class position and the choices we make, which are probably the result of our upbringing and also our environment, influence our life chances. What I think you are really asking is if class as a way of seeing social activity is still urbanagricultureinitiative.com: Resolved.
There may also be other less obvious inequalities, from social class, that can affect a person’s life chances. In a modern society social class and life chances depend largely on economic differences between groups, such as wealth and income, possession .
How Social Class Affects Life Chances. An individual's position on this scale of stratification may influence many aspects of his or her life.
At the heart of all methods of social stratification is education. How does socioeconomic status affect life chances such as work Largest gap ever between the top and bottom in the US.
The lower class experience difficulties in job market; periods of unemployment or underemployment. Aug 10, · Perhaps we all have more than one social class position and the choices we make, which are probably the result of our upbringing and also our environment, influence our life chances.
What I think you are really asking is if class as a way of seeing social activity is still urbanagricultureinitiative.com: Resolved.