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Class system is a social ranking based primarily on economic position in which achieved characteristics can influence social mobility Income inequality is a basic characteristic of a class system 215 An example of this would be in 2000 the median household income in the United States was 42148 Sociologist Daniel Rossides uses a five-class model to describe the class system of the United States upper class upper-middle class lower-middle class the working class and the lower class An example of this would be Rossides categorized about 1 to 2 of the people of the United States as upper class which consist of executive clubs and social circles By contrast the lower class consists of approximately 20 to 25 of the population This class includes Blacks Hispanics single mother with dependant children unemployed or low paying work Using the objective method to measure social class the following factors are taken into consideration occupation education income and residence 221 Table 9-1 refers to the prestige rankings of occupations where a physician gets a high rating and a janitor gets an extremely low rating 222 Racial group are those minorities set apart from others by obvious physical differences 269 The largest racial minorities in the United States are African Americans Blacks Native Americans American Indians and Asian Americans Japanese Chinese and others 270 In the United States nearly 7 million people in 2000 reported they were of two or more races 271 People of White and American Indian were the largest group of multiracial residents Minorities are subject to stereotypes which are unreliable generalizations about all members of a group that do not recognize individual differences within a group 272 Critics have pointed out the power of the mass media Almost all leading dramatic roles are cast as Whites even in urban based programs like Friends Blacks are mainly featured in crime-based dramas Gender roles are expectations regarding the proper behavior attitudes and activities of male and female
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