Social hierarchy social stratification, ranking of individuals in society determines power, wealth, prestige, privilege. Hierarchical labelling is inevitable: human nature, elite group in power. Modern societies are characterized by extreme wealth: belmonte"s view ju/"hoansi and inuit. Poverty is not random indigenous, women, minorities. Status class i. e. occupation: ascribed status fixed, born with it i. e. race, achieved status in flux, dependent on actions and achievements of an individual i. e. great gatsby or obama, class identity meritocracy. Caste assigned at birth, no mobility: strict rules to follow through, i. e. india high population, brahmins, kshattriya, vaisya, harijans. Race genetic and natural, born with it (ascribed: anthropologists claim that there is no scientific basis to divide people based on physical features. White supremacy ku klux klan was created in tennessee to terrorize newly freed slaves. White privilege white individuals are at the top of the racial hierarchy. Claim that intelligence is related to race untrue, only one"s innate ability should decide their social status.