Asked by Fabio Rodrigues on Mar 10, 2024



Maxine comes from a working-class background. Her father worked in construction his whole life and her mother was a stay-at-home mom who dropped out of high school but later got her GED. Maxine becomes interested in computer programming at a young age and spends many hours in the school library teaching herself. Maxine attends the state university on a scholarship. While there, she develops a valuable algorithm for identifying neurological diseases that makes her a multi-millionaire. She drops out of college to continue her work. Which term related to social class best describes this scenario?

A) intersectionality
B) social inequality
C) status inconsistency
D) social stratification

Status Inconsistency

Refers to a situation where an individual's social positions have both positive and negative influences on their social status.

Social Stratification

The hierarchical arrangement and classification of individuals and groups in any given society based on wealth, power, prestige, or other criteria.


Describes individuals or groups who are employed in low-paying wage jobs, often involving manual or industrial labor, and typically associated with lower socioeconomic status.

  • Understand the concepts of social stratification and social mobility, including how they impact individual and group opportunities.
  • Examine the impact of structural changes in society on social mobility patterns, including the role of technological and economic shifts.

Verified Answer

Arionna Coburn

Mar 10, 2024

Final Answer :
Explanation :
Maxine's story illustrates status inconsistency because her socioeconomic status changes significantly from her upbringing to her adult life, showing a discrepancy between her origins and her achieved status.