Contrast of two upper class females

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The intent of this paper is to compare and contrast the ways in which the identities, aspirations, and achievements of two upper class females were affected by the aspects of family, class, gender, and particularly race. Race will be particularly scrutinized because the individual interviewed, Alesha (or Lee), is a female of Italian/Irish-French-German descent, whereas I am an individual of Mexican/Chinese descent. There are certainly discernible differences in the growth of an upper-class White female and the growth of a minority female, and it is my purpose to dissect those differences and explicate them in sociological terms, while touching upon how the issues of class and gender also have an effect.

Lee was born into a family that was already very economically established due to the fact that her parents had her relatively late in life. She was born into a large family of three brothers and one sister, though all were the children of her parents previous marriages, and the only one that lived with her during the entire time that she lived with her parents was her sister, who was ten years older than her, yet the closest in age.

Thus it would seem that her father had had considerable time to establish himself as the owner of three supermarkets in New York. Her mother was a domestic engineer.

Lee's family greatly values owning material things that are conducive to comfort. This evident in the mansion in which they inhabit, and the luxuries, such as the extravagant vacations taken and the numerous cars, and boats, they own.

I was born into a newly economically established family. I am the youngest of two children, but was raised for the most part as an only child because my brother was eight years older and lived

with my father...