Socy - PP Week 8 - Racial Stratification

Socy - PP Week 8 - Racial Stratification - SOCY/WMST 1001...

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SOCY/WMST 1001 Introduction to Sociology
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General Announcements Paper description available now Week 9-Thesis statement and outline due Thursday Oct 25 Showings of films: MCDB A2B70 -6:00 to 8:50 pm on Oct 16; Test 2 on Thursday Nov 1 (yes, day after Halloween) Week 11- “Putting knowledge and passion into action”=social action paper due Thursday Nov 8 Anything else?
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Whaddayaknowboutstrat? According to text chapter 8, ss a concept, race is ill-defined and has little scientific accuracy. This has lead sociologists to conclude that race: A. is important because it has social significance. B. is less useful than ethnicity as a social category. C. is less useful than social class as a social category. D. should be more clearly defined to make the concept more useful.
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Individual Life Chances and Lifestyles Life chances refer to one’s opportunities, depending n their achieved and ascribed status in society Important institutions that impact life chances are: Education Health, social conditions, and life expectancy Family life and child rearing patterns Lifestyles Attitudes toward Achievement Religious membership Political behavior Global location/country of origin and residence
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Types of Social Mobility Intergenerational mobility refers to change in status compared to your parents’ status, usually resulting from education and occupational attainment Intergenerational mobility refers to the change in position in a single individual’s life Vertical mobility refers to movement up or down in the hierarchy, which sometimes involves changing social classes
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Major Stratification Systems: Macro-Level Analysis In ascribed stratification systems characteristics individuals are born with determines ones position in society (caste and estate) In achieved stratification systems individuals are allowed to earn positions through their ability and effort (class) Most modern systems are mixed
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Poverty: Multi-Level Determinants and Policy Absolute poverty , or not having resources to meet basic needs, means no prestige, no access to power, no accumulated wealth, and insufficient means to survive Relative poverty refers to those whose income falls below the poverty line, resulting in an inadequate standard of living relative to others in a given country Social costs of poverty Loss of talent and abilities Financial cost of addressing needs of and regulating the poor Cultural contradiction of values
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Macro-level factors influencing stratification The economic system The geographic location of nations Resources Strong educational system Well-paying jobs Productive land Ample supply of water Access to technology History especially with regard to colonialism
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