Essay on Social Inequality Has Been Defined As A Conflicting Status Within A Society With Favors To The Individual

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Jennifer Traversiere

Social inequality has been defined as a conflicting status within a society with favors to the individual, property rights, and access to education, medical care, and welfare programs. A lot of people don't realize that although things are improving with time, inequality is still prominent in our society. The people that are failing to realize that there still is inequality, are the fortunate ones. They rise well above the poverty line, and usually live relatively economically sound lives. They are the people who are supplied with our society's benefits.
The majority of post-secondary students are considered to be privileged people. This most likely to cause an ignorance, or lack of education, towards inequality because most of the students do not experience great levels of inequality without the lack of social connections, under unemployment.
Luckily for myself, I have grown up in an upper-middle class in the Caribbean. Although my mother has always tried to educate me on inequality, I never experienced much of it until now. Growing up in the Caribbean, I had the privilege of attending private schools where I was getting straight A’s as opposed to the education system in America where I was never able to attend private schools because of the price, and the grading system was much more different.
There is much debate in sociology that poverty is caused by structural factors such as economic inequality and those who state that it is caused by cultural factors such as attitudes, values and lifestyles. The first group say that the poor are made to be poor by the economic and political systems, they state that the poor are prevented from achieving a good standard of living by the actions of the more powerful in society and that those with the least power are poor.
In contrast, the second group say that the poor cause their…