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Skylar Hochberg Final Essay Question 2 Sjh49 Section 01 On the surface social stratification seems like a simple idea; the system by which society distributes its scarce rewards. i But, what if any factors contribute to this distribution? Are rewards distributed arbitrarily, or do factors such as education, gender, social class, and technology have an impact on how society’s rewards are distributed? It can be said that social stratification is affected by three individual characteristics; education, social class, and gender. Education is defined by Webster’s as “the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.” ii But, what impact does this process have on the way society distributes its rewards? Those who are more educated tend to have higher prospects for the future as well as higher incomes than those who are less educated. iii This fact increases stratification among individuals by making individuals who have received a higher quality education more likely to reap society’s rewards than someone who has not. However, as demonstrated by study done by Princeton
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