lecture 10-25 - Lecture 10 - 25 Social Stratification...

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Lecture 10 - 25 Social Stratification Existence of structural inequality Forms of Stratification 1. Slavery – an economic form of inequality 2. Caste – system – your status is fixed at birth The Ritual purity—integral part of the Indian Caste System Central to Hindu religion- belief in Reincarnation/ fate Law of Dharma (righteousness) 3. Clan system – each person is linked to the large network of relatives – Membership is based on birth 4. Estate- Feudal System High status group own land and have power based on: noble birth a. Aristocracy and Gentry b. Clergy c. Commoners: serfs, peasants, artisans 5. Class system Social class – any group of people who share similar economic position based on wealth/ income. Life chances – your opportunities Compare with other forms of stratification System, Class Systems o Are more fluid o Class positions are in some part achieved o Are economically based o Are large- scale/ impersonal WHY INEQUALITY EXISTS? 1.
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This note was uploaded on 03/25/2008 for the course SOC 302 taught by Professor Langenkamp during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas.

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