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Running head: VEHICLES OF SOCIAL STRATIFICATION 1 Vehicles of Social Stratification Name Institution Date
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VEHICLES OF SOCIAL STRATIFICATION 2 Synopsis of how legitimization operates Legitimization has several meanings depending on its use. However, it implies the process through which the social stratification system or a given extent of inequality and such acts, as well as those people, considered the power elites in the society are acceptable to the general population. The method ensures that obedience and the structured imbalance are maintained. Social stratification enhances legitimation through such acts like selective exposure and favorable or unfavorable reinforcements among others. In the Western countries, it was shown through the permanent hierarchy where those considered superiors had a significant amount of power, money, and prestige than those ranked lower in the social groups. It was seen in different sectors like the social and economic classes that were classified as lower, middle, and upper. It is believed that this is the only way such nations can function at the recommended levels of proficiency although this thought differs from one state to another. In some areas, men are ranked above women despite their racial equality though this condition is the reverse in others. The working class hardly moved up in the social category because of their production means, but the rich ones continued to dominate those in the lower groups, and this is how a status quo is maintained because of the manipulation and exploitation. The social stratification, therefore, differs from one society to the other depending on its type. Economic forces The economic gaps between people were modest before the industrial revolution period, but this changed after it. The richest countries had a higher income per person compared to the weak ones. However, the income distribution was skewed as the elite group dominated the wealth compared to the mass peasants but the colonial America was exceptional in this
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VEHICLES OF SOCIAL STRATIFICATION 3 observation. During the industrial revolution, the gaps were widened between the citizens of the particular countries and themselves as well. There was income acceleration in the Western
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