Community Web Version Now Available
About social classes

What social classes are there in your country or region? How do you recognise if a person belongs to a specific class?

Are there events, sports or places that are popular with a particular class in your country? Why?

Do you think this will change in the future?

Think about different types of discrimination (racial, age, sex, .....)

Why do you think discrimination happens?

How do you respond to social issues? Do you protest in public? Do you write to your government or discuss the topic with your friends?

My opinion in the notebook section.

May 14, 2019 2:54 PM
Comments · 3

Sadly the gap between the masses and the privileged is big but there is already a growing number of middle class people in the Philippines. It's quite easy to classify to identify a person's background based on his or her job and the way they talk or act. Where they live is not necessarily an indicator of one's status here because some rich people choose to live in simple neighborhoods. 

Usually the masses here like contact sports like basketball while the elite usually like more sophisticated sports like tennis, golf and figure skating. The elite and the masses here have totally different hobbies and they also have different hangout places. If you would spot, let's say a street kid or a homeless person in a luxurious shopping centre or area then people there would give money to them if they would beg or ask but they would be subtly raising their eyebrows at that person

Typically the kind of discrimination in my country's more based on social status than religion or age or gender because the society here's very materialistic. People here are quite neutral with age, gender and religion but some people here like to size up others- most especially the rich people. They take a look at your money and connections as well as your family name. As much as possible, the rich here prefer to mingle with their own kind and are usually in a bubble. You wouldn't see them mingling with common folks and vice versa. 

Regarding discrimination and social issues, I don't protest in public but I usually like to have a debate with my friends and family members about them

May 14, 2019
Class is complicated in the United States because historically, and even today, race has mattered more for Americans' social identities.

There is a quote by a prominent (and repugnant) US political figure from the 19th century named John C. Calhoun about how the upper class in the country is made up of the rich and the poor white people. Americans looking at their own country talk about a caste system based on race.

Class is also complicated in the contemporary US by the reality that the older generation lived through a period of much greater social mobility and equality than currently exists in the country. Today we would probably say that someone who doesn't have a university degree is working class (maybe even if they have a business), but for my parents' generation there was a broad middle class made up of basically every white family that could afford a house and wasn't rich.

May 15, 2019
All around the world, basically, we have only proletarians and proletariats. The kind of capitalism we, currently, have (finacial market capitalism) is like all stupid bacterias, they destroy the organism where they themselves live. The rich are getting even richer and the poor are getting even poorer. Capitalism is, by essence, a mass production, mass consumption system, since the majority of people, I mean the poorer, haven't enough income to sustain it, it means that the system will fail. The middle class is who is supporting the system, but they are already experiencing the decreasing income. When people, in majority, have class consciousness, maybe we will live in a better society.

Have I gone too far? If so, I'm sorry.

May 14, 2019
Language Skills
English, Spanish
Learning Language