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1305 km CH 8 - Chapter 8 Class and Stratification in the...

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Chapter 8 Class and Stratification in the U.S. Text and Lecture main points: What is Social Stratification Social Stratification and the American Dream Systems of Stratification Classical Perspectives on Social class Contemporary Sociological Models of the U. S. Class Structure Inequality in the United States Consequences of Inequality Poverty in the United States Sociological Explanations of Social Inequality in the United States One effort to eradicate poverty: The War on Poverty Programs: Historical Perspective U.S. Stratification in the Future
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Social Stratification WHAT IS SOCIAL STRATIFICATION? Social stratification is the hierarchal arrangement of large social groups based on their control over basic resources. Global Stratification refers to the unequal distribution of wealth, power, and prestige on a global basis—it results in people having vastly different lifestyles and life chance both within and among the nations of the world. ( An important concept from Chapter 9)
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THE AMERICAN DREAM? What is this? Do you believe it? Do most Americans believe in this? Is this a global belief? Take the text t/f test on wealth, poverty and the American dream.
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WEBER’S LIFE CHANCES Max Weber’s term life chances describes the extent to which persons within a particular layer of stratification have access to important scarce resources. What are some in USA society? Global society?
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SYSTEMS OF STRATIFICATION May be open or closed based on the availability of socia l mobility – the movement of individuals or groups from one level in a stratification system to another. Is the USA system of stratification open, closed, or some of each? To whom is it more open? More closed???
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TYPES OF SOCIAL MOBILITY Intergenerational mobility --experienced by family members from one generation to the next. Intragenerational mobility --movement of individuals within their own lifetime.
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FORMS OF STRATIFICATION Slavery , a closed system, is an extreme form of stratification in which some people are owned by others. A caste system is a system of social inequality in which people’s status is permanently determined at birth based on their parents’ ascribed characteristics. The class system is a type of stratification based on the ownership and control of resources and on the type of work people do.
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Marx - Class position is determined by people’s relationship to the means of production. Weber
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1305 km CH 8 - Chapter 8 Class and Stratification in the...

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