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Social Class Justifications:
The Capitalist Conspiracy?

By: Wendi Kane
Mentor: James Wright

Hypotheses

Based on the studies just reviewed, the hypotheses are as follows:

1) There is a positive relationship between social class standing and the belief that the distribution of rewards in society is fair and based mainly on effort.  In other words, those who have benefited most from “the system” will be the most likely to consider the system fair and based on merit.

2) As the more privileged gender, males will believe more than females that the distribution of rewards in society is fair and based mainly on effort.

3) Whites will believe more than those in minority groups that the distribution of rewards in society is fair and based mainly on effort.

4) Middle and upper class students will have stronger beliefs in the stereotypes, myths, and ideologies that legitimize class inequality.

5) Students who have had more exposure to the lower class will believe less strongly in the stereotypes, myths, and ideologies that legitimize class inequality

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