Read the article by Hodgetts et al. highlighting how social class background affects how people adapt to becoming homeless. In essence, our social class background affects how we can interact with others in a variety of settings. Making explicit use of the sociological perspective discussed in Chapter 1, respond to the following questions:

  • How would one’s social class background influence how one adapts to life in one of the following contexts: an elite college or university, a small rural town in the American Midwest, or a nursing home?
  • What specific factors of one’s social class background might influence one’s ability to adapt to this environment?
  • What sort of social class background would be most conducive to adapting to this context? Why?
  • What sort of social class background would be least conducive to adapting to this context? Why?
  • How has your own social class background shaped your educational experiences?
  • Have you had a hard or easy time adapting to online college life due to your social class background? Why?

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