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Class vs Race in Economic Status
This paper explores whether class or race is a determining factor in educational, income, career and job opportunities.
# 118109 | 1,739 words | 7 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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The paper examines the research on how resource/income levels are variant between different classes and races and shows how class may be determined by income. The paper explores why certain classes earn more than other classes and reveals that income increases concurrently with education, from the level of grade school up to doctorate degrees. The paper then deals with race discrimination and the argument that goods, services, and economic opportunities are kept from members of certain races. The paper offers a personal opinion that that class and race are both influential in determining opportunity.

From the Paper:

"It has been argued for decades whether class or race is a determining factor in educational, income, career, and job opportunities. The availability of resources, health care availability, quality of life, and even life expectancy statistics have been tied to race or class. There are several arguments for both race and class as determining factors in the distribution of wealth and resources. Those who argue that class is a determining factor suggest that people of lower economic and social class are overlooked in public policy creation, are possibly targeted in criminal law creation, are not allowed similar rights as those of higher class members, and are purposely restricted from opportunities by more powerful members of higher classes. Those who argue that race is influential the distribution of resources argue that policies are created to favor members of a particular race, that more opportunities for better jobs are offered to a particular race, that criminal laws are created to target certain races and benefit certain races, and that educational opportunities are limited for particular races."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cain, G. G. The economic analysis of labor market discrimination: A survey. In O. Ashenfelter & R. Layard Handbook of Labor Economics, Volume I (pp. 693-709). Elsevier Science Publishers. Pp. 731-771
  • Donohue, J. J. III, & Siegelman, P. (1999). The changing nature of employment discrimination litigation. Stanford Law Review, 43, 983-1033.
  • Ehrenreich, Barbara (1989). Fear of Falling, The Inner Life of the Middle Class. New York, NY: Harper Collins.
  • Gilbert, Dennis (2002). The American Class Structure. New York: Wadsworth Publishing
  • Nelson, R. L., & Bridges, W. P. (1999). Legalizing gender inequality: Courts, markets, and unequal pay for women in the United States. New York: Cambridge University Press. Chapter 2

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