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Lecture 9

Lecture 9

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Sheldon Ungar

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Thursday November 12, 2009 ± Lecture 9
Today READ: Brym Chapter 8
Social Stratification
-Study of social inequality (who gets what).
-Inequality is related to virtually everything (small but consistent relationship)
-For example, health problems by income. Bigger health problems between lower income levels.
Better the income better the health.
The Field Defined
-Differentiation vs. Evaluation.
-Differentiation is to notice the difference but not rating it or putting value to it.
-Evaluation is when we start to rank people. For example, weight.
-Social stratification is the way valued resources ± wealth, power, and prestige ± are distributed.
(And transmitted from one generation to the next.)
Max Weber: The Big Picture
Economy (class)
Polity (Power) Culture (Prestige, status groups)
-Three distinct dimensions which are related, but are not dependent on one another.
-Class: Income/wealth, life chances.
-Prestige: Status groups; deference and respect.
-Power: Capacity to attain ones goals despite opposition.
Wealth ± US
-Lower 90% of people have 31% of wealth. Known as mostly everyone in the country.
US 400 Richest Families
-1982: $230 million average.
-1999: $2.6 billion.
Diagram from book copy down about explanations for income inequality.
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