The word class is not as simple as it seems. Class in the late eighteenth century has a wide variety of uses and usually utilized in a lot of ways. Today, class is used to refer to the social groups that constitute the society. Traditionally, there are three states that comprise the society, and these include the individuals who are praying (the church), the individuals who fight and go to battle (the nobility) and the individuals who are performing tasks and certain works (everyone else). It was in the early nineteenth century that a different set of classes was used by the people in the society.
The terms or classes “working class” and the “middle class” had been growing in its usage since the early nineteenth century. Then later on, a new class in the society came into usage, and this is the “upper class”. From these three classes, working, middle and upper class, categories of hierarchy of each class became into known; either as upper or lower.Ms.
Rose Mempin, female and a 20 year old college student in a known university, lives in a family of three. Ms. Mempin’s father, who had been doing his best in raising this family very well, is a white collar professional.
Furthermore, Ms. Mempin’s father has an advanced education that enables him to earn more salary and receive better benefits from the company that he is working from. Ms. Mempin’s mother is also a white collar professional, who had almost the same or similar line of work like her husband. Ms. Mempin’s mother also works hard to earn and raise their family well. Both of Ms. Mempin’s parents are aware that if they do not work hard, most especially as white collared professionals, then they would not be able to give the proper education that Ms.
Mempin could have. Their buying power, either as individuals or as a family, would also decrease if they work or perform poorly. In terms of opportunities in the business world, they are aware that there would be more offers or better jobs waiting for them because of the advanced education that they have. The family of Ms. Mempin is under or within the category of the upper middle class, mainly because of the occupation of Ms.
Mempin’s parents.On the other hand, Mr. Jan Gonzales, male and a 21 year old college student studying at the same university as Ms. Mempin, lives in a family of six. Mr. Gonzales’ father and mother are laborers or industrial workers. They are under the upper working or laboring class.
Unlike the family of Ms. Mempin, the efforts of Mr. Gonzales’ parents are double or twice than that of Ms. Mempin’s parents. Not only because Mr. Gonzales has a bigger family as compared to the other family, but because their work only offers salary or benefits that is lower than what Ms.
Mempin’s parents receive. They perceive that if they do not work twice or even thrice harder, they would not be able to sustain the expenses on the proper education that they could give to their sons and daughters. Furthermore, they are aware that if they slack off, chances of having good meals on their tables would decrease.
Their status in life offers them fewer options to having a job that pays a lot.Both families are aware that their social status in the society or life, affects their way of life, and their standards of living. Furthermore, decision making, ownership, credentials and income is also affected by their class. From the respondents, Ms. Mempin’s family has better credentials, more ownership, varied style in decision making and better income as compared to Mr. Gonzales family, and this is because the families are in two different social classes. For further comparison, Ms.
Mempin’s family view themselves to be healthier than that of the other families in the classes lower than they are whereas Mr. Gonzales family seems to be open to the elements of stress, and stress related events that offers emotional distress. In terms of security, the working class, Mr. Gonzales’ family, has less security as compared to the family of Ms. Mempin under the middle class and this is importantly because of the varied beliefs and practices that they do in their respective social class.
In the future, Ms. Mempin and Mr. Gonzales believes or is aware that living in the different classes, would greatly affect their decision regarding who to marry, the methods of raising her children and her relationship with her future spouse.