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People Like Us : Social Class in America

Author: Louis AlvarezAndrew KolkerRudy CheeksLora MyersCenter for New American Media.All authors
Publisher: New York, NY : Center for New American Media ; Harriman, NY : Distributed by CNAM Film Library, [2006]
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How do income, family background, education, attitudes, aspirations, and even appearance mark someone as a member of a particular social class? In travels across the U.S. in interviews with people from diverse socioeconomic groups, this film examines how social class in America has as much influence as race or ethnicity in determining what kind of opportunities a person has in life. Discusses how social class plays  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Documentary television programs
Nonfiction television programs
DVD
Video
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Louis Alvarez; Andrew Kolker; Rudy Cheeks; Lora Myers; Center for New American Media.; WETA-TV (Television station : Washington, D.C.); Independent Television Service.; CNAM Film Library.
OCLC Number: 179946778
Notes: Originally produced and aired as a documentary on PBS in September 2001.
Teacher's guide: People like us : social class in America / by Lora Myers ; contributing editors Julie Hey, Alicia Ellis [and others]. Includes introduction, program outline, pre-viewing activities, post-viewing discussion and activities, segment-related quesitons and activities, theme-based activities, appendix with bibliographical references.
Extras: [Deleted scenes] Trouble in paradise (3 min.); You are your stuff (3 min.); Belles, belles, belles (4 min.); More WASP lessons (2 min.); Filmmakers' bios [text feature].
Credits: Co-produced and edited by Peter Odabashian ; camera, Stephen McCarthy, Jefferson Miller [and others] ; website design, Picture Projects.
Performer(s): Narrator, Rudy Cheeks; commentators include R. Couri Hay, David Patrick Columbia, Barbara Ehrenreich, Joe Queenan, Dan Rodricks, Levi Sanders, Tom Smith, David Brooks, Bill Bear, Kenyatta Birges, Ginie Polo Sayles, Vessa Rinehart, Paul Fussell, Carlotta Miles, Michael Monte, Thomas Langhorne Phipps, Eleanor Weller, Benilde Little, Debbie Gibbs, Wayne Brown, Lawrence Otis Graham, Barbara Brannen, Valerie Lancaster Beal, "L-Bow" Tidwell, Stanley Crouch, Matt Heid, Tammy Crabtree, Dan Rodricks, Pat Gulden, John DiIulio, Bryon Smith, Kelly Conway, Tex Andrews, Marilyn Knisley, Kelley Hammers, Andrew Porter, Michael Birdwell, Steven Gaines, Curtis Powell, Dave Williams.
Description: 1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 teacher's guide (75 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm) in container 27 x 23 x 4 cm
Details: DVD.
Contents: Introduction --
Part 1. Bud or Bordeaux?: The choices you make reveal your class ; Joe Queenan's balsamic vinegar tour ; The trouble with tofu ; How to marry the rich --
Part 2. High and low: A tour through the landscape of class ; WASP lessons ; Bourgeois blues ; Tammy's story --
Part 3. Salt of the Earth: Blue collar life in a white collar world ; Gnomes R Us ; Friends in low places ; Don't get above your raisin' --
Part 4. Belonging: Understanding the rules of the game ; All you need is cash ; Most likely to succeed --
Conclusion --
Credits.
Other Titles: Social Class in America
Responsibility: the Center for New American Media and WETA Washington, D.C. ; in association with ITVS presents ; a production by the Center for New American Media ; a film by Andrew Kolker & Louis Alvarez ; produced and directed by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker.
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How do income, family background, education, attitudes, aspirations, and even appearance mark someone as a member of a particular social class? In travels across the U.S. in interviews with people from diverse socioeconomic groups, this film examines how social class in America has as much influence as race or ethnicity in determining what kind of opportunities a person has in life. Discusses how social class plays a role in the lives of all Americans, whether they live in Park Avenue penthouses, Appalachian trailer parks, bayou houseboats, or suburban gated communities, and presents stories of family traditions, class mobility, and different lifestyle choices. The final segment uses Anderson High School in Austin, Texas as a microcosmic example of the social segmentation that extends throughout the macro level.

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