Social Class Inequality

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  • Capitalism
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  • Karl Marx
  • The Bourgeosie or the "Capitalist Class"
  • The Petite Bourgeosie - Produce Ideology
  • The Working Class "Proletariat"
  • To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the early 1930’s. The novel takes place during the Great Depression. “There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, northing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb Country” (Chapter 1, p6). 
  • Social Inequality
  • In Maycomb, we see that the African American's are are at the bottom of the social hierarchy. They can only work low paid jobs and make less money than others; for example, Calpurna is a maid.
  • Capitalism is an economic system in which property and the means of production and controlled by private owners for profit. Workers are often exploited just for the goal of maximizing profit. (Sociology Class)
  • 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Example
  • The Karl Marx model includes the bourgeosie, petite bourgeosie, and working class (Sociology Class). The bourgeosie own and control the means of production. The petite bourgeosie are highly educated, but they don’t have ownership. (Whittington Walsh,Fiona). The working class sells their labour for a wage, they have no power or ownership.
  • 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Example
  • Social Class inequality is the condition in which certain individuals have access to opportunities, resources, or money, whereas others do not, either because of their social status, income, lack of education, or upbringing. (Sociology Class)
  • Jem says, “There's four kinds of folks in the world.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, and the Negroes” (Chapter 23. p230.) The Ewells and African Americans are at the bottom of the social hierarchy.
  • Aunt Alexandra is explaining to Scout that she can’t play with Walter. “Because – he – is – trash, that’s why you can’t play with him. I’ll not have you around him, picking up his habits and learning Lord-knows-what.” (Chapter 23, p.228) This is an example of social inequality. 
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