Sunday, May 15, 2005
Classes of Philocritics.
It's time to bring back the Philocritics poll and discussion question! Conveniently, the New York Times launched a two-week series of articles today about class in America so let's talk about class.
The introductory essay observes:
One way to think of a person's position in society is to imagine a hand of cards. Everyone is dealt four cards, one from each suit: education, income, occupation and wealth, the four commonly used criteria for gauging class. Face cards in a few categories may land a player in the upper middle class. At first, a person's class is his parents' class. Later, he may pick up a new hand of his own; it is likely to resemble that of his parents, but not always.
The Times also offers an interactive graphic that allows you to see how the hand you currently hold places you along the American class spectrum. So for our poll, visit the Times to find out what percentile your education, income, occupation, and wealth put you in and then anonymity guaranteed! mark your percentile in the poll.
For discussion in the comments: Which of the four cards in your hand has been a more important class marker in your own experience? Is your class position different from your parents'? And, if you participate in a religious community, how do you see class play out within your congregation?
("Class in America: Shadowy Lines That Still Divide," Janny Scott and David Leonhardt, New York Times 5.15.05, reg req'd)
Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 15 May 2005 at 3:20 PM