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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.
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