Social Stratification – Class, Race and Gender

Via Susie,

Ten Dollars an Hour from Ben Guest on Vimeo.

This is a great video to use if you teach introduction to sociology. The class, racial and gender dynamics are unmistakable (“she’s eager to please!”… well duh, if you make attitude a condition to continued employment, yes, the lowest paid employees are the ones who have to do most of the emotional work).

11 thoughts on “Social Stratification – Class, Race and Gender

  1. Thank you for posting this! This movie says it all so clearly. It is a shame that retirement funds isn’t required from every employer. And health care should be given to every citizen and be payed with taxes. Let the alumni and house mothers pay the taxes for Leasse and the other hard workers.

    • @Marie Persson,

      Even if retirement funds were mandated, how would workers like Leasse afford them on poverty-level salaries. The solution is the same as health care, a national pool.

      Let the wealthy get their own private investments if they wish. But workers like Leasse should receive a national pension when they retire.

      • @SocProf,

        I meant that they were mandated for the employers, not the employees. I know that here in Sweden every employer pays a tax which then goes to your pension as well as in the pot for the state pension.

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    • No, Ben, thank YOU for such a powerful film.

      I hope there will be more. As a sociologist, I can guarantee you that ALL my students will see this and I will circulate it at my college.

  3. Thanks. I’ve two projects I’m working on. One deals with labor issues similar to this film. The other is about the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission, sort of a secret-police created by the state in the wake of the Brown v. Board decision in 1954. Both are just in the research stage at the moment but I hope to have them both done by May.

    If I can ever be of any assistance or answer any questions your students might have after you screen the film please don’t hesitate to contact me. Also, there is good discussion about the film going on at metafilter that may be of interest:

    Thanks again.

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