Sociology Notes 3808 - Daniel Choi Section 2 March 8 2008...

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Daniel Choi Section 2 March 8, 2008 Kayte Meola Who Rules America Summary Institutions such as boarding schools and country clubs help insulate the rich upper class from the rest of the society. From birth, children in the upper class are inculcated with the sense of being superior through “total institutions” such as prestigious private schools that determine what rituals and routines they undergo. These schools even have their own upper class jargon such as “headmaster” and “forms.” Adults attend social clubs that are highly rigorous in their selection of its members. People pay membership for clubs even if they don’t want to go because they feel compelled to as a result of their high status. Newly upper class members assimilate into the upper class lifestyle quite easily. Some Principles of Stratification Summary The functional necessity of stratification is to motivate individuals. According to the
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