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Chapter 12

Chapter 12

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Suzanne Casimiro

Chapter 12: Global Stratification Defn: Patterns of social inequality in the world as a whole Global Stratification: An Overview Terminology Labelled the rich industrial countries First World, less industrialized socialist countries the second world, and none-industrialized poor countries the third world 66 high income countries: nations with the highest overall standards of living 72 middle income countries: not as rich, nations with a standard of living about average for the world as a whole 56 low income countries: nations with a low standard of living in which most people are poor o This model has two advantages: Focuses on economic development rather than whether societies are capitalist or socialist It gives better picture of relative economic development of various countries because it doesnt lump together all lower-income countries into the single third world countries Social stratification within every nation High-Income Countries -roughly about 47% of Earths land -mostly in the northern hemisphere -about 22% of worlds people -three quarters of people in high-income countries live in or near cities -significant cultural differences exist among high-income countries -per capita income: average income per person per year -people in high-income countries enjoy 80% of worlds total income -many low-income people live in high-income countries Middle-Income Countries -per capita income of between $2500 and $10 000 -55% of people live in or near cities -remaining 45% live in rural areas, where most are poor and lack access to schools, medical care, adequate housing and safe water -72% of worlds nation come under this category -cluster of middle income countries include those that once made up the Soviet Union and those of Eastern Europe Low-Income Countries -majority of people are very poor -mostly agrarian societies with some industry -56 low income countries Cover 20% of planets land -home to about 1 billion people www.notesolution.com
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