List ten different societal groups/cultures with the United States.
Social stratification in the united States is extremely complicated, and different theories of class can draw different divisions among classes.
The broadest divisions can be into:
1. Upper class – this is a group in which wealth, power, and cultural capital are concentrated.
2. Middle class – have adequate income to own homes, have some power but are not in the inner circle, have certain cultural capital, but are not controllers of taste.
3. Lower class – economically precarious circumstances and disempowered. Lack cultural capital.
There are more complex systems of division that can produce narrower lists of strata such as:
4. The super-rich: extremely high annual incomes and net worth.
5. Capitalist class: owners or executive of large firms
6. Upper middle class: Managerial and professional class, often highly educated.
7. Lower middle class: semi-professional, often technicians, craftspeople, office workers, with community college or some college education.
8. Working class: High school education, jobs requiring only limited skills, limited jobs security in non-unionized environments.
9. Working poor: limited education and skills, marginal or part-time jobs, income inadequate to basic needs of food, shelter, etc.
10. Underclass: those with no or infrequent employment, and often outside the traditional economy. Might include the homeless, drug addicts, etc.