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Effects of Social ClassA major influence of a persons success is their social class Social class is more than the money that you have but also the way you spend that money and work towards it Ultimately it affects your interaction with other people and your perception of yourself Social class is a system that ranks people according to their wealth property power and prestige Ferris Stein 2013 189 In Two American Families broadcasted on PBS Frontline 2013 the audience can capture and relate to the hardships that these two working middle class families are going through In this presentation one can absolutely see how social class affects an entire family striving for the American dream over more than two decades The two Milwaukee families that this presentation took a look were the Neumanns and the Stanleys Both families begin living paycheck to paycheck because of the economy and choices they had made as young adults Having children early and lack of schooling certainly became contributing factors for the struggles of each family Tony and Terry Neumann explain their views of the American Dream with a white picket fence and a perfect life that they strived to live but hit many bumpy roads in which they didnt expect Neumann Frontline 2013 The Neumanns were filmed for the next 20 years to compare how their lives may have changed Tony and Terry both had a tough time keeping jobs that paid enough money to support their three children Soon the relationship that this couple had shared since they were very young started to vanish The financial problems they were having were enough to eventually tear their marriage apart The end of the segment showed where the three children ended up Their children were in the same if not a worse situation than their parents were They were also uneducated unemployed and not able to depend on themselves This family shows one instance in which it
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