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Weber's Life Chances

What did Max Weber called life chances or ability of an individual to attain the following? Assistance is needed with this D.B. explain how an individul's ascribed social class position at birh may affect what Max Weber called life chances, or the ability of an individual to attain the following "good things" that a society values. such as: good heatlth care, longevity, a good job etc.

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Defining Max Weber's Life Chances

German sociologist and philosopher Max Weber was a great observer and analyst of the social world. He looked, for example, on the manner by which social-group membership and culture as well as religion shape identity (i.e. His Study of the Protestant Ethic). His interest in what makes society work, what shapes identity and culture has led him to observe what he calls as the phenomenon of 'Life Chances'. Essentially in determining 'life chances' he refers to the available resources and opportunities an individual has in his/her own life situations taking into account personality, identity, social class, culture, gender, age and political association. There are varied other random elements of course as each individual and their social realities are unique but this is why he refers to it as 'life chances' because it is in the uniqueness of these combinations of elements which probabilistically determine how one person will do in life. For example, a child born in the first world (i.e. Babies born to the German Middle class) will probably have more chances of surviving the first few weeks and then growing up to receive good nutrition and education than say, a child born in a really poor nation (i.e. babies born to poor parents in Zaire). At infancy, life chances means 'chance at life' and as the person gains knowledge and social experience as well as skills and social importance, it comes to symbolise or refer to the possibilities of success, failure, abundance, prosperity, development or the opposite thereof. Life chances at the varied elements determine one's access to health care, education, social membership, citizenship, subsequent employment, access to culture, access to welfare, access to healthcare, etc. determining one's future and quality of life. How good life could possibly get for an individual can be said to be pre-determined by his/her life chances.

Life Chances, Social Class, Mobility & the Third World

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The solution is a 1,611-word essay that discusses Max Weber's concept of Life Chances. It defines, explains and then relates life chances to the concepts of social class and social mobility. Examples are provided in the discussion to explain life chances in relation to attaining healthcare, wealth, social status, etc. References are listed for expansion. A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing.