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Week 4 Discussion: Social Mobility
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Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:
Textbook: Chapter 7, 8
Instructor supplied resources
Student chosen resources (optional)
Initial Post Instructions
Think of a person you know (either yourself, someone you know, or even a famous person with, perhaps a “rags to riches” story) who has experienced significant upward or downward mobility over the past three or four generations.
For the initial post, respond to one of the following options, and label the beginning of your post indicating either Option 1 or Option 2:
Option 1: Briefly describe the person (and be sure to respect confidentiality of others and, as always, remember to be respectful of potentially sensitive information, and remember there is no guarantee of privacy). Describe the person’s significant upward or downward mobility over the past three or four generations. How do you think the person’s values and behavior might differ had the person experienced the opposite pattern of mobility?
Option 2: Briefly describe the person (and be sure to respect confidentiality of others and, as always, remember to be respectful of potentially sensitive information, and remember there is no guarantee of privacy). Describe the person’s significant upward or downward mobility over the past three or four generations. How might experiences have been different had the person’s family been of a different ethnic or racial origin?
Follow-Up Post Instructions
Respond to at least one peer. If possible, respond to one peer who chose an option different than the one you chose. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification. Make sure that you add additional information and not repeat the same information already posted on the discussion board as you further the dialogue.
Writing Requirements
Minimum of 2 posts (1 initial & 1 follow-up)
APA format for in-text citations and list of references
Minimum of 1 source cited
This activity will be graded using the Discussion Grading Rubric. Please review the following link:
Link (webpage): Discussion GuidelinesLinks to an external site.
Course Outcomes (CO): 2, 3, 4, 5
Due Date for Initial Post: By 11:59 p.m. MT Recommended by Wednesday
Due Date for Follow-Up Posts: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday
Posts must be on separate days.
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Margaret Cooper
Jul 2, 2022Jul 2 at 5:58pm
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The topic of our Week 4 Discussion is one which will require your usage of this concept of Sociological Imagination perhaps more than ever. We will be discussing social mobility, the issue of social classes and how one’s family may have moved up or down this social ladder during generations. Your discussion will ask you to talk to someone and detail their experiences and views. This is a very pertinent issue in our society today. Overall, think of the current issues regarding a “living wage.” Do jobs pay enough to allow someone to make ends meet and also save money? How do the working poor struggle with transportation costs, daycare costs, etc.? William Ryan (1971) wrote a book called, Blaming the Victim, in which he talked about how those who are poor often are blamed for their poverty. Instead, Ryan submitted that social classes are the result of a stratified social system. Often the social problems experienced by the poor are, indeed, caused by poverty, and, also according to Marxist theorists, our society is one that creates social classes. Marx himself believed that the idea that everybody had an equal chance at success to be a “false consciousness,” a delusion that allowed an unequal system to maintain itself. If the poor are blamed, he felt, then the system itself never has to change. Can you see Ryan’s or Marx’s views in your conversations?
(See our textbook for a discussion of Marx and Conflict Theory).
Ryan, William. 1971. Blaming The Victim. New York: Pantheon.


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