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Tonique Haywood Sociology 101 4-8-17 Professor Maxson Social Stratification Systems In today’s society people are place in different categories and separated from each other in a number of ways. These ways usually consist of race, ethnicity, gender, and their economic position or status. Another way to describe this separation is stratification. There are four different systems of stratification and those are slavery, caste, estate, and class. “Social stratification means the differentiation of a given population into hierarchically superposed classes” (Sorokin, 1964, p. 11) Stratification can also be classified as an open or closed system. The closed system is one that allows very little to no movement at all within the system. The open system is the opposite and it allows for various amounts of movement throughout the entire system. In this paper, I will be comparing three of the social stratification systems and I will also be comparing males by race, class, and education with females by race, class, and education. The three stratification systems I chose to compare are class, slavery, and caste. Social class is the grouping of individuals by economic position. In the United States and other industrialized nations, belonging to a social class means the members of that particular social class share similar income, wealth, lifestyle, social norms, behaviors, and life opportunities.   Slavery is a system were a person is enslaved by hereditary or military conquest. The enslaved person is considered the property of whoever enslaved the or other people. Whoever “the owner” is has the right and is able to treat the enslaved person anyway they want and make them do whatever they 1
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want them to do. “Caste is a stratification system based on hereditary placement” (Larkin, 2015, para.12) “Social mobility
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