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Class 43 - Social Stratification & Inequality

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOCI 100
Professor
Debra Pentecost
Semester
Winter

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In Class (7) Notes 01-14-2013 SOCIAL STRATIFICATION  Our social standing is largely a consequence of the way in which a society structures opportunities and rewards  To the core of our being – we are all products of social stratification  Persistent patterns of social inequality within a society  Persistent patterns of unequal distribution of scarce resources (access to wealth, status, power and services)  A system by which society ranks categories of people  Characteristic of society  Can persist over generations  Universal but variable  Involves not just inequalities, but beliefs these inequalities are valid Social Hierarchies in Stratified Societies  Caste (closed stratification) system o Ascribed status dominates o Movement difficult  Class (open stratification) system o Achieved status dominates o Movement easier Social Mobility  Change in one’s position in social hierarchy  Individual/structur
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