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Class Consciousness Essay

1000 words - 4 pages

Being class conscious is not simply an ability to identify which class one belongs to. To genuinely be deemed as an individual who is class conscious, that individual must have the capacity to acknowledge and distinguish through the functions of three things: the relationship between classes, the structure of our society/system, and the function of power in corporations/agencies. In addition to understanding and recognizing these three things, one must also understand the possible political actions that can bring about social changes. Many people may assert that only the lower or middle class individuals are class conscious because they are the ones who crave for social changes more than the ...view middle of the document...

My community has influenced me to view the upper class as people who had the least class-consciousness, and the middle and lower class as people who had the most class-consciousness. Because I was given this intuition about these three classes, I had ended up believing that the individuals of these three classes were only limited to these specific levels of class conscious.
Rich people had always seemed to me like egocentric and self-centered creatures that would just focus on their lives and not help those who are in need. It made sense to me to believe that they had no reason to endorse change to the very structure and system that has provided them the opportunity to maintain wealth and significantly higher income than middle and lower class families. For instance, I recalled having several rich friends from my elementary and middle school that would constantly be arrogant and boastful about their class. But that wasn’t the major problem. The biggest problem was that they would often put down and bully the people who were not as rich as them. Instead of alleviating the sadness and struggles that the lower middle class and the lower class are encountering, the rich made it worse for them. Because I had experienced this issue not once, but numerous times during my childhood, I had come to conclusion that the upper class individuals had the least class-consciousness compared to the middle and the lower class individuals.
As for many of the middle and lower class individuals that I have known from my community, many of them believes in social mobility. They knew that they had opportunities to work their way towards prosperity from entry-level positions if they worked hard enough. Although many of them are attentive and interested in increasing their social status or accumulating wealth, they still told me that if they have successfully worked their way towards prosperity, they will surely go out of their way to help the poor. The reason why...

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