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Chapter Questions 5 - According to our book, social...

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According to our book, social stratification is the division, or ranking, of groups of people into layers according to their relative wealth, prestige, and power. Social stratification occurs between different nations, societies, and groups, as well as, within them. Social stratification takes place within every society, although the level of inequality varies, and major systems of stratification include: slavery, caste, and class systems. Gender is a basis for stratifying people in all societies that “cuts across all systems.” (Chapter 7, pg 170) In other words, gender is an additional stratification, or division, occurring within the stratified layers of society. Social stratification is sociological significant because it exists universally in societies as a structural feature, determining which opportunities and possibilities are available to which individuals or groups of people; hence, one’s chances in life.
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This note was uploaded on 11/13/2010 for the course SOC SOC 201 taught by Professor Gottschalk during the Spring '07 term at Peru State.

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