Culture
11.5.16

Class Division – What is Your Opinion?

Class structure has always been part of the Western World. My question is has the division between the classes stayed the same or has it improved over time?

We all know that the Golden Age after World War ll, the post‑war period of 1945-1970, saw an increase in Capitalism and manufacturing of consumer goods. This had a positive effect on some of the working class who became middle class because they worked hard and prospered. There were many more people being employed, especially in large factories, which increased mass production of merchandise. So the employees could afford to save up and send their children to college or university. Having a good education behind you progressed the graduates, letting them become middle class because it gave them the opportunity to apply for better jobs. They could also buy goods and a property of their own through earning better wages. Growth and prosperity was in abundance all over the Western world.

There were more innovative ideas as well. There was an increase in technology research and how it could be used to change the world within business and health organisations. For example: The birth control pill became widely available during the 1960s, which gave women a lot more control over their life and careers. For the first time, women were independent.

All these changes closed the gap between the classes, but in recent times the gap has widened again through governments not managing the economy’s finances well. Also, there is a theory that a lot more control is directed at the middle class from the upper class who have felt threatened by the progress of the middle class. According to an article from Pew Research Centre, the division between the classes in America has widened to a record high. They also touch on the wider gap in prosperity from racial and ethnic backgrounds as well.

The magazine, Intelligent Life, published an interesting article which is called, Five Boys: The Story of a Picture in the spring of 2010 about a photo that was taken of five boys outside Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. The photo shows two upper class pupils from the independent boarding school, Harrow. On the morning of Friday 9th July 1937, Peter Wagner and Thomas Dyson were waiting to be picked up by the Wagner family. Beside them were three working class boys which depicts the class divsion in the English society at the time. I do recommend that you read the article and look at the photo because it shows the upper class pupils looking away from the working class boys. I am not sure if the photographer asked them to do this or if Wagner and Dyson did it naturally. But it does ask the question if the two upper class pupils didn’t want to associate themselves with the working class boys.

Global Seven News

Lee Cross

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