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9.3E: The Working Class
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- Explain how differences in class culture may affect working-class students who enter the post-secondary education system
- Members of the working class usually have a high school diploma or some college education, and may work in low-skilled occupations like retail sales or manual labor.
- Due to differences between middle and working-class cultures, working-class college students may face “culture shock” upon entering the post-secondary education system, with its “middle class” culture.
- Working classes are mainly found in industrialized economies and in the urban areas of non-industrialized economies.
- working class: The social class of those who perform physical or low-skilled work for a living, as opposed to the professional or middle class, the upper class, or the upper middle class.
- Blue Collar: Describes working-class occupations, especially those involving manual labor.
- manual labor: Any work done by hand; usually implying it is unskilled or physically demanding.