Thursday, April 28, 2011

Social Class Stereotypes

Using only the honest (and anonymous) responses to this opinion survey on social class, our students first placed themselves in the social hierarchy, and then proceeded to enumerate the characteristics of the three class divisions in American society.

I fed the responses into a Wordle, or "word cloud" which generated an image of the most commonly used words (50 max). Colors and fonts are irrelevant here. Certainly each image, corresponding to a single social class, could not be said to be a perfect measurement tool, but it does seem to suggest something. What do you make of these images?