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SOC 203
Silvano Guzzo

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SOCIAL CLASS AND INEQUALITY Term Essay is 7 to 10 pages (double spaced). - 5% Written Assignment. The essay is 7 to 10 pages (double spaced). The essay is due the day you present - 25% Term Presentation: March 14 Your presentation is supposed to be structured like an essay: introduction, thesis, body and conclusion. All facts must be cited. The presentation must be done in PowerPoint format (or something similar) - 5% Mid Exam: Week 8 Ideas: 1. Focus on eduction****: perhaps comparing OSAP vs European school system by taxes. 2. Ethnocentric schools 3. Scholarship 4. Head peace at York 5. Private school liked to university...status Day 2 Marxist Economic class theory - elite structure the economy: own most of the land, money in banks, and stock. Bulk of the structure...people who just work for a living - people with power get what they want, people without power don't. Money is power. A lot of the time expensive real estate push poor people out so wealthy can live in - the theory states that engineers are the same as a TTC worker - 2 groups bourgeoisie( the working people) and proletariat( the elite) - status is economic class Vabur - agrees with Marx saying that economic life is important as some people make more money yen others...but disagrees saying people get power in more ways then just wealth...therefor Marx's theory is flawed - e.g of someone whose poor and powerful: Ghandi ( got the British empire to back down and give their land) - Things aren't simple enough that there are only two group( bourgeoisie and proletariat) - He came up with: a class is a group of people who share a common situation in he market place and common economic interests, and common life chance. - e,g, both a grass cutter and a nuclear scientist work for someone...they are not both the same( Marx defines them as proletariat because they both work for a living but Vabur argues this..as they have different schooling etc.) - Vabur identifies middle class, which Marx ignores completely - inequality is a power struggle between groups - power also comes from a party or association you belong to( teachers union, medical association, religious affiliation, or a political party you belong to) - status is power - class and status overlaps Functionalism - view society as a living organism, composed of many parts, with each part fulfilling a specific function - some parts are more important...i.e. The brain - uneven but still a whole orgasm - function of family( composed of husband and wife): produce, nurture, teach, socialize children - function of husband: provide economically for the family - function of wife: care for family - function of religion is to teach people right and wrong behaviour along with giving people something to believe in - function of criminal justice system: to catch anyone whose a criminal and keep the peace - function of education system: to train children right and wrong along with training children for life and employment . Teach children about sex which parents might not want to talk to hem about. Also to sort individuals based on ability and matches children to jobs that best suit their abilities - school system creates inequality as education decides where people end up going - inequality in jobs comes from incentives Conflict theorist - believe religion must be eliminated as it keeps people in their place - Criminal justice system- an institution controlled by the powerful to control the weak I.e. Ohio university riots in 1960's Day 3 North American approach- social economic approach..numerical European-social class approach..catergorical Marx believed there were two classes: bourgousie and proletariat Neo-Marxist..four classes(Neo Olin Wright): Capitals class Weber's 6 Classes Weberian(goldthorpe). 7 classes Closed society: Open closed society: SOC
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