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Social Stratification Analysis Social Stratification Analysis Rachel Griffith Grand Canyon University; Sociology 102 April 2 nd , 2017 1
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Social Stratification Analysis There are four different stratification systems that have shown up throughout history and in today’s day and age. The four systems are slavery, caste, estate, and class. Each of these four systems determine whether you have more or less flexibility within the social hierarchy. This ability to move up or down within a social stratification is known as social mobility. Slavery is by far the most intense and extreme form of legal social inequality. In a slavery system, people can be enslaved due to their hereditary traits or military subjugation. An enslaved person is technically property to the owner of the slave. Due to the fact that the slave is legally just property to the owner, the owner has the right to treat the enslaved person in any way that the owner seems fit. This system virtually has no opportunity for a slave to move into a place of freedom and to escape the slavery system. The second stratification system is the caste system. The caste system is based solely on hereditary placement. People born into a certain caste system are required to stay there, meaning there is no room for social mobility. The most well-known caste system still alive today is in
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