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Although many people in the United States have vague ideas about labels such as rich, poor, and middle-class, delineating exactly what constitutes these constructs and the relationships among them can be a source of confusion and, often, disagreement. To further complicate the lack of clarity of class labels, unlike other socially constructed identity categories such as race, gender, or sexual orientation, class is not generally thought to be an important social marker in the United States. This remains true despite the recent Occupy Movement, which attempted to bring attention to economic exploitation of the 99% by the megawealthy 1%. Despite appearances to the contrary, perhaps the Occupy Movement and a downwardly turning economy have penetrated the myth of the middle in the United States, at ...

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