Social Class Inequalities

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  • .... There’s the ordinary kind like us and the neighbors, there’s the kind like the Cunninghams out in the woods, the kind like the Ewells down at the dump, ..... (pg 230, PDF)
  • I bet that safety button doesn't even work...
  • Faster! Those umbrellas aren't going to build themselves!
  • I gotta work faster than this guy, otherwise I could get replaced.
  • The Capitalist
  • The Working Class (Proletariat)
  • The Professionals (Petite Bourgeoisie)
  • Upper Middle Class
  • White Collar Working Class
  • Owning Class
  • Underclass
  • Lower Class
  • Working Poor
  • Lower Middle Class
  • Blue Collar Working Class
  • Jem, unbeknownst to him, discusses with Scout some of the tiers of social classes that we would later see in Canada. These categories of social class inequality stem from Karl Marx's Capitalist system which are expanded on when we see how it impacts Canada.
  • Upper Middle Class
  • Blue Collar Working Class
  • Capitalism itself is based on the private ownership of goods required to survive. The capitalist owns the raw goods, means to produce the product, and the ability to market the product at a high profit. Profit of the product is the most important thing to the capitalist, valued well above the welfare of the workers that are producing the product. Often exploiting workers in different countries to keep wages low and be able to ignore many safety regulations local workers are privy to.
  • “I’ll tell you why. Because— he—is—trash, that’s why you can’t play with him. I’ll not have you around him..." (pg 228, PDF)
  • “But I want to play with Walter, Aunty, why can’t I?” (pg 228, PDF)
  • Karl Marx's capitalist system has 3 tiers. The Capitalist, at the top, with the most control/power and least population. The professionals in the middle with influence on the working class, leaving the working (least power, higher population) class at the bottom to be taken advantage of. In Canada, this is expanded to 6 categories with some sub-catagories as well.
  • "Naw, Jem, I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.” (pg 231, PDF)
  • “That’s what I thought, too, when I was your age." (pg 231, PDF)
  • If we look at the families of Maycomb, we can see that they all fall into one of the categories of social class here in Canada. The Finch's would be in the upper middle class due to Atticus's profession. The Cunninghams would be in the blue collar middle class due to being farmers and living off the land. While the Ewells would be in the under class because of their extreme poverty and living conditions.
  • Underclass
  • Aunt Alexandra explains to Scout, not so nicely, that they are not to be associated with the Cunninghams. This is a crazy thought to Scout as she doesn't see people based on their social class. While Alexandra doesn't want them to socialize as the Cunninghams are below them, lower class, or more harshly, they are trash. Even though the Cunninghams are good people according to Alexandra because of their social class she doesn't want anything to do with them.
  • To Scout all of the families are just 'folks'. She doesn't see the class boundaries and social inequalities as anything more than the way certain people/families are. While Jem has matured and is now able to see the differences in the social structure and suspects that's why certain families hate other families, they base it merely on their social status as apposed to the character of the person.
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