Read Chapters 8 and 13 and watch Two American Families (2013) by PBS (about 1 hr 23 minutes, posted on Moodle) and respond to the question below.

Firstly, using Chapter 13, explain how the United States society has been stratified by class structure. How does the wealth of individuals and families become the indication of class membership and why do class conflicts persist in the United States? Secondly, using Chapters 8 and 13, discuss how market economies and capitalism create a great deal of economic inequalities. Why do you think the greatest disparities of wealth and income of any industrialized country exist in the United States? Lastly, analyze Two American Families using the above discussions. How do you explain the decline of the American middle class especially in the context of accelerated globalization through two families, the Neumann and Stanley families? How did the film help you understand U.S. class stratification and economic inequalities by examining overall lifestyle based on their income, education, and race of the last two decades of actual lives of “two American families”?

  • Your answer must be at least 750 words long (about three FULL double-spaced pages with font size 12) and must include all the elements of the questions asked.
  • The paper must be computer generated and include your name and course number. The paper must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document via Moodle by the specified due date/time. Late papers will not be accepted.
  • Your answer must include a main argument that is directly related to the question. Your argument must be supported by evidence, i.e. the textbook and video (no other information should be used for this assignment as reference), which needs to be fully documented. Failure to cite sources will be considered plagiarism.
  • The essay must have in-text citation using the page numbers of the assigned chapters in Humanity and minute mark of the video, e.g. (Peoples, 177), (Two American Families: 12:05-12:15). No citation, no grade!

Plagiarism: is the unacknowledged use of another person’s labor, ideas, words, and assistance. All work done for this assignment is expected to be the individual effort to the student presenting the work. If the work entails consulting other resources (journals, books or internet), these resources must be cited. Failure to cite borrowed material constitutes plagiarism. The penalty for plagiarism or cheating as a first offense is an “F” in the course.

 

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