Dsoc Exam Review- Kelsey

Dsoc Exam Review- Kelsey - 1 Thesis Social class is an...

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1.) Thesis: Social class is an important aspect of American society and is perpetuated by many social institutions that include social clubs, education, and govt policies. Intro Social class : groups that share common positions in the stratification order based upon ownership and control relationships. According to PW, class defined by access to 4 resources: Consumption capital (income), Investment capital (wealth), Skill capital (education & job experience) Social capital (networks). People arranged into stratification based on institutional discrimination, elite minorities. upper class benefits from disproportionate share of wealth and income- (class-domination theory) Social class important because is bigger than any one individual, “Families can rise and fall in class structure, but the institutions of the upper class persists.”(D Ch. 20) Social clubs : A upper class=set of interrelated social institutions, not simply ‘rich families’, “play a role in differentiating members of upper class from other members of society” (Ch. 20, A&A, Domhoff “Who Rules America”), $ not primary barrier- screening process is extensive/segregating. Hard to break into elite, only .5/1% population. power of social networks (social capital, PW) - Education : (skill capital, P&W)- educational elite are isolated- $ ineq. matters in what a school can do (Rye high kids, “savage Ineq” Kozol, ch. 35), music/sports only way out in ESt.L, confirms many stereotypes of lower SE strata, shows perpetuation of system (K, 35). Distinctive education of upper class incl. access by $/social power to private schools, boarding schools, elite universities, sense of separateness/superiority for surviving rigorous education “schools play a large role in transmitting the lass structure to their students.” (Domhoff, 20) Govt Policies - people in power—upper class—create policies that reflect own views/interests, manipulate system for own benefit- invisible class empire - hidden structures and processes through which
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2009 for the course D SOC 101 taught by Professor Hirschl,t. during the Fall '06 term at Cornell.

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