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Social class describes the different layers that exist in society These layers or classes in society are a division that civilization has been running on ever since the beginning of mankind In most modern societies our system of social class division is one of opportunity We experience a good deal of social mobility where people through generations or in their own lifetime can move up or down the social scale By examining the many different perceptions of social class along with SE Hintons The Outsiders it is illustrated that social class has an impact on people while they are growing up and will usually deny them from rising above adversity Many people have tried to figure out exactly what it is that makes up a particular social class In Medieval times the Feudal System was the structure of social division used among landowners The nobles of the time were the landowners who with their family tradition privilege and knightly conduct became the dominant ruling group Poore On the other hand the peasants of this time were forced into extensive labor rarely rising above their hardships In the early 1900s racial grouping was the structure used in the American South The African Americans at the time were at the bottom of the social ladder whereas the plantation owners who controlled them were at the top of the social ladder Again this class profiling rarely allowed the African Americans to upgrade on the ladder In SE Hintons The Outsiders their structure of social class was focused on wealth peer relations fragile homes and danger on the streets As it seems evident throughout all of the different social class structures the potential for social mobility does not appear very likely Discussing the facts of the book is important to serve as a future reference when referring back to specific parts It is also important because without examining the nature of the book one will not be able
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