STRATIFICATION STUDENT COPY

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Stratification SOCI 200 Spring 2007
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Stratification Stratification is inequality between individuals and groups in society Tends to occur in any society beyond hunting/gathering
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Marx said that society is divided into two layers: Owners Workers Society will not be peaceful, people will not advance until there is equality. Weber said people are differentiated by 3 ways: Economic status /wealth Political status/power Social status/prestige Many people have all three; others have one, but not others.
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Functionalists/Feminists Maintain stratification has a purpose. Provides roles for people. People would not work to attain difficult jobs if they weren’t rewarded. Feminists: Stratification is a means of maintaining lower positions of women
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Political Status or Power Hold positions where they can influence others: Owners of businesses Politicians Rankings refer to social categories. People share a common characteristic. Don’t necessarily interact with each other
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Economic Functions: Provide employment for people such as social workers. Social Functions: Provide a “measuring rod” for upper class. Better than “dirt poor.” Cultural Functions: Some members become frequent topics of novels, such as hobos, prostitutes. Political Functions:
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This note was uploaded on 10/25/2010 for the course SOCI 200m taught by Professor Albright during the Fall '06 term at USC.

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