Class in America
England is a classed based society and having recently read Kate Fox’s brilliant book titled: Watching the English I am becoming more aware of all the nuisances in this sort of society. So it has been interesting to read the recent articles published by the New York Times on class in America. As the articles make plainly clear, ones class in American society is based on education, occupation, income and wealth. In addition, it is possible to move up the class ladder. Oh sure there is tension between old and new money, but being Nuevo rich is not such a bad thing. In fact, people are admired for their hard work which leads to amassing new wealth. Here in England, class has more to do with ones upbringing. So you could be fitly rich but without the proper upbringing, you would still be considered middle or even lower class. At the same time, you could be poor but if your family is part of the aristocracy, you would be considered upper class. Personally, I think a class based society that hold people back is not sensible — as such, if I had to choose, I’m all for the American version of upward mobility.