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What is social class How in your opinion and based on the materials does childhood experience affect the social class of adults How does social class interact with age gender and race Each society is made up of social layers usually called social classes with each layer having a different degree of access to goods or status In the Western societies where I was born the social class of a given family is most often defined in terms of the income and education of the adults in that family In the United States social classes are made up of three different social classes which are usually identified middle-class working-class and poverty-level families Members of each of these social layers tend to share certain values or styles of interaction with the larger differences found between families living in poverty and those in higher social class groups For children like Lafayette and Pharaoh Rivers in the book There are No Children Here who lived in Henry Horner Homes in a public housing complex which is typical for very poor families Those children statistically will follow the same direction that their mother has walked It is clear and evident from their three oldest siblings The disadvantages of poverty are enormous with these children and these disadvantages are not equally distributed across ethnic groups in the US One of the most important accomplishments of childhood is to form stable trusting bonds with adults in their environment so that the child can become confident adult Childrens basic survival depends on forming meaningful effective relationships with other people Socialization is the lifelong process through which an individuals behavior patterns values standards skills attitudes and motives are shaped to conform to those regarded as desirable in a particular society This process involves many people relatives friends teachers and institutions school houses of worship that exert pressure on the individual to adopt socially approved values and standards of conduct The family however
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