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Social attitudes of many cultures have remained unchanged for thousands of years Consequently the modern community shares some of the same class distinctions between the upper and lower classes as defined by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels in The Communist Manifesto In my community these class distinctions are discernible by examining the physical appearance of neighborhoods the social attitudes of upper class society the amount of community involvement from each of the classes and the political attitudes of the community While these distinctions may separate the classes capitalist society still provides ample opportunity to defeat the political stranglehold on the community by the upper class Before we can analyze the community it first must be defined where it is located I live in the suburb of the city of Rochester New York called the town of Greece The town is comprised of approximately 95000 residents of all different ages and from all different ethnic backgrounds It is a very conservative community focused on tradition and the rich history of the area Class status in the area is primarily defined by economic standing This distinction is detectable in one way by observing the different living arrangements of each of the classes In one particular area of the town very close to where I lived for 18 years there is an apartment complex more commonly referred to as low-income housing by residents in the area This apartment complex is located directly behind a neighborhood of homes for upper class families The differences between these areas are physically noticeable the apartments are very small and often overcrowded while the houses in the wealthier area are larger and usually comfortably spacious for families of six people the insides of the apartments are very bare often furnished just barely enough for the residents to eat and sleep the houses however are very comfortably equipped Even the label of low-income communicates a level of low-economic status The social attitudes
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