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Sociology+3-26-08 - Social Class 1 What is social class a...

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Social Class 1) What is social class a) How a society is stratified b) Refers to the individuals that occupy a common position c) Based on wealth, power, social prestige d) Can identify a lower, middle, and upper social class in the U.S. today 2) Wealth and Income a) Wealth i) Tangible assets minus the liabilities b) Income i) How much money we actually bring home (1) Paycheck, investments, etc. ii) High income means greater ability to accumulate wealth 3) Weber and Social Stratification a) Very similar to the socioeconomic status idea b) Weber believes that social class is based on three elements i) Wealth (1) How much economic resources we have (2) Uneven distribution of wealth leads to higher social stratification ii) Social prestige (1) Where you attend school (2) Occupation is the big one of these in the modern society (a) More prestigious jobs have greater pay, more wealth, greater autonomy, etc. iii) Power (1) Political power (2) Religious power (preindustrial society)
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(3) Individuals can control the lives or destinies of those below them
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