”What seemed to me like the saddest finding was that upper-class people, even when they love and are married to someone from a lower-class background, often display stereotypical class prejudices.
One participant said: My expectations as far as people being in the lower class might be people that aren’t necessarily living up to their potential… I was always taught that I could do anything I want, be anything I want, even if I am not making that much money.
Often, these strategies are variations of going with the flow and taking things as they come. Isabelle, for example, is the daughter of a farmer and a bartender.
It can be hard to convey certain economic realities to someone who’s never lacked money; as one lower-class person said of their partner: “When you haven’t had that actual feeling of not being able to eat…
there’s only so much [I] can teach.”My generation is very likely to find that we aren’t able to achieve, as adults, the same social class we belonged to as children—stable employment is harder to find than it was for our parents’ generation, and for most people I know, status markers like home ownership are out of the question.
It’s fashionable right now to look to neurobiology, gender norms, or family of origin parenting styles when you’re trying to figure out why your partner is such a jerk.
A new study suggests that one overlooked root of relationship problems is social class.
She would not think too much about money, but spend as she needed to get by.