status inconsistency

status inconsistency - Lauren Gurican Soc 101; 10am Exam 2...

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Lauren Gurican Soc 101; 10am Exam 2 Status Inconsistency Status inconsistency occurs when an individual ranks high in some dimensions of social class (wealth, power, and prestige), and low in others. For example, teachers (especially college professors) have a high level of respect and prestige but have very little wealth because of their low salaries. The amount of time and education that is required to attain these positions is relatively unsurpassed and yet, their salaries are substantially lower than other careers which require comparable preparation and training. According to sociologist Gerhard Lenski, people who experience the frustrations of status inconsistency tend to be more politically radical (textbook,192). He also suggests that the same principle applies to the differences between academic departments in colleges and universities. The higher the salary, the more conservative the departments’ members are. As salary decreases, so too does the level of conservativeness. Lenski uses the difference between business and medical departments of universities compared
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