List ten different societal groups/cultures with the United States.

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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.