Social Class Inequality

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  • Capitalism/Social Class Inequality
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  • Karl Marx 3 Class Model
  • Middle class - petite bourgeoisie/professionals
  • Upper class - capitalists/bourgeoisie
  • Ideology
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  • Capitalism is an economic system based on having a private ownership of all the necessities we need for survival; it involves low costs of labour by deskilling the workforce through the use of machines to create a surplus of products. A capitalist society puts people who control all resources at the top of the hierarchy while puts people who solely rely on low wages at the bottom, making it easier for the rich to make money while difficult for the poor, which results in greater inequalities in wealth. (Whittington-Walsh, 2017)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • According to Karl Marx, the capitalist system is based on 3 class systems: the upper class – capitalists/bourgeoisie who were very wealthy since they owned the means of production, the middle class – petite bourgeoisie/professionals who kept the production running and were decently paid, and the working class - proletariats, who Marx believed were being exploited by the upper class as they were forced to work for them in return for very low wages. (Whittington-Walsh, 2017)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Are we as poor as the Cunninghams?
  • Lower class - proletariats
  • Based on Karl Marx's 3 class model, the middle class – petite bourgeoisie/professionals maintains the capitalist economic system by producing ideologies, which is a way of thinking that supports and justifies the owning/ruling class position of power. In today's society, media is a key agent in influencing the way people think of one another and in portraying people's role in society. This scene shows how a middle class person is happy to work under the power of an upper class person. (Whittington-Walsh, 2017)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • A white mans word, against a black mans word, the white man always wins.
  • To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in a small town called Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s, which was a time when people experience the Great Depression and severe segregation between different races - this segregation made the blacks inferior to the whites simply because of their colour. The main characters in the book include Scout, Jem, and Atticus, who are also know as the Finches. Scout and Jem learn about which social class the people of Maycomb belong to through Atticus. (Lee, 1960)
  • Atticus
  • Walter Cunningham
  • Bob Ewell
  • Calpurnia
  • Social class in Maycomb is primarily based on skin color and occupation. This means that Atticus would be at the top of the hierarchy as he is an educated, white man with a stable job of being a lawyer; the Finches are the petite bourgeoisie because they would've made fairly good money before the crash and Atticus reinforces ideologies as he is part of the machinery of the judicial system (seen in next slide). The Cunninghams are the proletariats as they are farmers and were left with little money after the crash.
  • Not exactly. The Cunninghams are country folks, farmers, and the crash hit them the hardest.
  • Atticus is defending Tom Robinson, a black man who is accused of raping Mayella Ewell, on court, despite knowing that he is going to lose; because the Ewells are white and Tom Robinson is black, the jury will charge Tom Robinson as guilty simple due to his race. This is because during this time in Maycomb, black people were at the bottom of the social hierarchy, despite having respectable qualities, making them inferior to everyone else and creating little room for social mobility.
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