Presentation on theme: "Social Class in the Post WWII. Social Class Structure Change in class Structure Rise of the modern middle class – Largely the result of increased educational."— Presentation transcript:
Social Class Structure Change in class Structure Rise of the modern middle class – Largely the result of increased educational opportunity Society became more upwardly mobile New middle class was more democratic, more skilled, than the old middle class Less rigid class structure than earlier eras.
Social Class Structure Causes of the rise of middle class – Rapid industrial and technical growth led to high demand for scientists and engineers – New middle class demanded educational access for children. Lower classes became more flexible as well – Rural workers moved to cities – White collar jobs increase; service industry grows
Social Class Structure Welfare state decreased class tension due to maternity payments, health care, public housing, family allowances – More social welfare meant less saving for retirement and more disposable income Higher standard of living led to consumerism – Autos, appliances, TVs, radios, leisure, recreation.