What is the differences between working class and middle class
Working class is another way to say lower class. Working class is the upper rung of the lower classes while the underclass is the lowest of the lower class. Middle class is believed as always to be the solidly middle class or the middle rung of the middle class. This middle class is the lower level professionals with a baccalaureate degree for the most part. They are middle level white collar professionals. They are in jobs where there are promotional opportunities.
As I have stated before, working class encompasses the upper lower & lower middle classes. The lower middle class can be classified as working class because many are in lower level white collar jobs which are oftentimes dead end. The lower middle class are oftentimes high school educated while the upper lower class don't possess a high school education. The working class is THE LEAST educated class while the middle class have a MODERATE level of education i.e. baccalaureate degrees.
In my opinion there is no difference anymore. In days gone by you had your poor, middle class, and then wealthy. Now you have the very wealthy, the working class, and then the very poor.
The differences between working class and middle class is, working class pretty much means poor (but hard working and striving to be middle class). Usually uneducated (no high school and/or college degree); immigrant/migrant and disenfranchise persons of society. Some jobless college graduates can also be considered working class. Everything is struggle and they usually struggle financially (living paycheck to paycheck, can't afford to have fun aka go on vacation, get sick, etc).
Middle class is interpreted in so many ways. I think middle class means the comfortable class, that is the go between poor and rich/wealthy classes. Middle class have college degrees, are pretty comfortable financially (can afford vacations, go shopping, can save, etc.) and are striving oftentimes to be rich/wealthy and/or to be comfortable during retirement.
The distinction is going to depend on context and location. Sometimes working class is defined as someone who does physical labor and may not have a college education. Sometimes working class is defined as being socioeconomically a step below middle class, which might amount to fairly subtle differences. A middle class person may have more savings, own vs. rent, etc.
A few decades ago, it was harder, in my opinion, to make a distinction. A lot of people working physical jobs without any college education were doing really well. Today, not so much.
Here is a joke by a comedian Rich Hall that is as good a distinction as any: If your name is on the building, you're rich; if your name is on your desk, you're middle-class; if your name is on your shirt, you're poor.
Working class is the upper lower and the lower middle classes. In essence, the upper lower and the lower middle class can be categorized as the working poor. They work in low end & dead end jobs with no prospect of advancement. They also have low educational attainment. Both classes are one step away from being quintessentially lower class. They are the glorified poor so to speak.
Middle class is defined as those who have a livable wage. They have jobs/careers which can afford them a semi-luxurious lifestyle beyond mere struggle and obtaining the bare rudiments. The middle class has more education than those in the working classes. They are also in jobs which have some prospect of promotion & advancement. They also have enough money to invest & save for the future.
Working class is a gentrified way of saying lower class. The working class are in the lower class socioeconomically. Working class people are in semi-skilled, even unskilled jobs. Their educational level range from high school to uneducated. They have a lower class purview of life. They are extremely security consciousness. They are very narrow minded people who are distrustful of those outside their circle. They are against higher aspirations & achievement. They maintain that one is best to remain at their original socioeconomic level.
They are against any form of higher education as they believe that higher education isn't for those of their working class origin. They encourage their children not to aspire highly but to be exactly like them educationally & socioeconomically. They are against any type of cultural & intellectual activity. They thrive on practicality & pragmatism. They believe in strict & unwavering obedience to authority. They believe that authority knows more than they do. They view authority figures as godlike & inculcate their children the same way.
They don't believe in questioning & teach their children to shut up & obey. They are authoritarian in outlook & philosophy. They teach their children never to dream too big & to just settle for life has to offer to them. They tend to be conservative, even jingoistic in purview. They can be even rightist, even retrogressive.
The middle class comes in different categories. As I have endlessly reiterated, middle class isn't a monolith. There is the lower middle class who is somewhat synonymous to the working class. The lower middle class consists of higher skilled blue collar workers & the lowest level white collar workers such as clerical staff. The lower middle class has the same narrow philosophy as the working class. They also teach their children blind, slavish obedience. They tell their children not to achieve too much but concentrate on just security. They are against higher forms of education, believing it to be a waste of time & out of their particular socioeconomic class.
The solidly middle class is what people think when middle class is mentioned. The solidly middle class is the quintessential meaning of what is middle class. The solidly middle class are the lowest level white collar professionals. They have college educations. They teach their children to aspire educationally & socioeconomically. They believe that education is important & push their children to become educated. They believe in obtaining good jobs for socioeconomic standing & leverage-also to live comfortably. They teach their children to think as thinking is prerequisite to their educational & socioeconomic progression.
The upper middle class is the most educated members of the middle class. These are the specialists, managers, executives, & other advanced specialists such as doctors, lawyers, etc. They have advanced degrees. They teach their children that the world is their oyster. They are the elite of the middle classes. They push independent thinking & decry any form of blind obedience. They believe in making things happen instead of letting things happen to them like the solidly middle & lower middle classes.
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