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Rachel Jiboye SOC-102 4/8/2018 Dr. Timothy Larkin Social Stratification Analysis Essay In this essay stratification systems such as the caste system, the estate system and the class systems will be analyzed to see how they function, how social mobility works and how people are sorted into these systems. Furthermore, this essay will delve into the topic to compare males by race, class and education with females of race, class and education to prove that white landowning men have the most power in the United States of America. In this part of the essay, the systems of stratification will be compared for differences, while also explaining how social mobility and how people are placed and categorized in these systems. The systems of stratification are slavery, caste, estate and class. Slavery is the most extreme form of legal inequality while the class system is the least extreme. With the system of slavery, individuals are sorted by social standing. An individual can be enslaved by hereditary or by military conquest. There is little room for social mobility due to the owner having the ability to treat the slave “in any manner the owner desires”, therefore creating an environment where there is little to no chance of a slave gaining any autonomy. Continuing, the caste is a system of stratification that indicates that whatever caste you are born in, you stay in. The system is most associated with India with roots from Hinduism. The four castes are the priests named Brahman, the warriors named Kshatriya, the merchants named Vaishya, the artisans and farmers named Shudra, and the unmentionables named dalit. The dalit are “is considered so lowly that its 1
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members are not even considered to have a place” in society and are viewed as less than dirt (Schaefer, 2009; Macionis, 2010). The caste system does its sorting by ascribed status and who a person’s parents are. There is no social mobility, except under certain situations such as when an individual lies about their caste when applying for a job ("Lecture 3," 2018). To be able to
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