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Socialclasscan betermedas themechanismsin, which there are hierarchical socialcategoriesin a societybased on socio-economical factors.Socialmobilitymay referto themovementof individualsorcategoriesof peoplebetween orwithin a particularsocialstratumin society(Crompton, 2008). Popularculturepertainsculturalorcommercialactivitiesthat reflectaimat orsuitedforthegeneralmassesof thesociety.

Itcan beidentifiedfrom theabovedefinitionsthatthere is muchconnectionamong socialclass,popularculture,andsocialmobilityin theAmerican societywherepeopleare livinga societywherethere are numerousclassesbased on thesocialandeconomicstatus of thepeople.Itis evidentthatpeoplewill alwaystendto haveanidenticalorslightlydifferentiated tastesandpreferenceswhentheybelongto thesamesocialclass(Crompton,2008). Theywill tendto portrayapopularculturesince theyhavethesameaverageincomethat enablesthem to consume a set of commercialproductsthatpeoplefrom a differentcategorymay not accessdueto thefinancialconstraints.There is limitedmobilityamong peopleof thesamesocialclassin popularculturesince theyhaveculturalandcommercialboundaries,which theymay be reluctantto cross.

Thereare numeroushistorical issuesandnomenclatureusedin modernpopularcultureto illustrateanddescribesocialclasses.One of them isbasedon commercialactivitiesandproductswherepeoplefrom aclass like middleclasswill not wishto beassociatedwith productsmeantforthelowerclass.Anexampleof theneweatery beingopenedup wherecharactersof a populartelevisionprogramgoesfortheir mealssumsthisscenario.Itimpliesthatthesemiddle-incomeearners are goingto a restaurantthat is modernandupto their expectedstandards.

It,therefore,followsthatfrom a historical perspective,peoplebelongingto thesameclasstendto consume a givenrangeof productsthat are identifiedwith their classwithout tryingto beidentifiedwith thosethat aremeantforthosethat are in a lowerclassthan theirs. Thesocialinteractionslike functionsandceremonieshavealsobeenusedto distinguishbetween peopleof differentclasseswherepeopletendto associatewith thoseeventsthat aremeantforpolebelongingto a similarclass(Crompton,2008).

Reference

Crompton,R. (2008). Classand stratification.Cambridge, UK: Polity Press.