Exercise Based on
Model of the American Class Structure:
Classes by Typical Situation


from Dennis Gilbert and Joseph A. Kahl
The American Class Structure: a new synthesis, 4th Edition
Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1993.

In the spaces provided in the chart below use the items provided in the cue boxes.
Estimate the percentage of households in each class.

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Cues: Education Cues: Occupation of Family Head
1. some high school 1. welfare recipient 8. clerical workers 15. med. business owner
2. prestige university 2. heir 9. low-paid craftspeople 16. low-paid operative
3. high school 3. service worker 10. craftspeople 17. retail salesworkers
4. college 4. lower manager 11. semi-professional 18. upper manager
5. some college 5. laborer 12. unemployed 19. executive
6. postgraduate study 6. non-retail sales 13. foremen 20. investor
7. apprenticeship 7. professional 14. part-time worker 21. operatives
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Capitalist
Upper Middle
Middle
Working
Working Poor
Underclass
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Family-Head Occupa-tion
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

         
Family Income, 1990
Over $750M, mostly from assets.
$70M up
about $40M
about $25M
below $20M
below $13M

1999 Edward G. Rozycki
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