Dating between social classes
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In some of the industrialised countries, such as France or Japan, a fourth class— peasants (people engaged in traditional types or agricultural production)—has also until recently been important.
In addition to these four classes, there is one more class known as underclass, which is composed of ethnic majority and underprivileged minorities.
Since the turn of the century, there has been a greater freedom between men and women, for example, both attend the same schools with the same classes.
Both sexes become accustomed to the other at early ages which is very conducive to the practice of dating (Merrill 61).
A social class is made up of people of similar social status who regard one another as social equals.
This aggregate of people is identified on the basis of their relationship to the economic market who have differential access to wealth, power and certain styles of life. Consequently, the number of social classes is not fixed, nor do any definite boundaries separate them.
Ownership of wealth together with occupation are the chief criteria of class differences but education, hereditary prestige, group participation, self-identification and recognition by others also play an important part in class distinction. A system of social ranking based primarily on economic position. A system marked by unequal distribution of wealth and power. Earlier scholars of social class broke up the status continuum into three main classes—upper, middle, and lower.
Dating essentially replaced the practice of calling which was the primary way of courtship before the mid-1920's.
When a man "calls" upon a woman, he usually shows up at her house during an "at home" session and presents his card to the maid who then gives it to the young lady.