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What is the point of view of the dominant ideology regarding social class and the inequailities evident in the upper eastside of NYC?

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The point of view of the dominant ideology is that this inequality (and essentially all inequality in the US) is the result of fair competition.  Therefore, the inequality is fair and natural and we should not be particularly concerned about it.

To the dominant ideology, America is a meritocracy.  People get ahead or fail to get ahead on their own merits.  People who are poor are poor because they failed to work hard enough to gain the education and/or skills they need to get ahead or because they lack the drive to use what skills they do have or have other limiting factors.  Thus, any inequality can be dismissed as the fault of those who are poor.

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