Poverty Amid Affluence - Poverty Amid Affluence What is...

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10/2/2014 Poverty Amid Affluence What is social stratification? - Relatively fixed arrangement in society by which groups have different access to resources, power, and perceived social worth Systems of social stratification: - Slavery - an economic form of inequality in which some are the property of others - Caste System - a rigid hierarchy of classes that is preserved though formal law and cultural practices that prevents movement and free association between classes - Estate System - those on top of the hierarchy own the land and lease it to be worked by those lower in the hierarchy - Class System - socially structured positions in society based on social, economic, political, or cultural resources - Social classes is partially ascribed and partially achieved Is America an equal opportunity country? - Many see the US as a classless society - Meritocracy - the belief that the US class system, advancement is based on an individual’s ability and achievement - This is an inaccurate, yet widely held, belief that: -
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