Chap 9 (Strat Theory)

Chap 9 (Strat Theory) - Chapter 9 Concepts and Theories of...

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Chapter 9 Concepts and Theories of Stratification
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Most important topic in sociology? Titanic example Survival percentages… 60% of 1 st class, 36% of 2 nd class, 24% of lower decks Marx quote in Manifesto: The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles
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Social Stratification = ranking people in terms of money, power, prestige Trait of society… not primarily about individual differences We “pick” our place, we “make” our opportunities? Titanic lower strata did not die because of personal failing Persists over generations In our country, considerable social mobility, but clear inter-generational patterns varies greatly…. But is universal
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Income Inequality in the US http://www.census.gov/hhes/income/inc ome03/prs04asc.html
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Marx’s Concept Of Class Industrialization led to increased inequality – Marx saw this Predicted it would become worse Eventually, 2 classes: bourgeoisie and the proletariat. Bourgeoisie owns the means of production. Proletariat must sell labor to the bourgeoisie.
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How was Marx “right?” Class struggles are relevant in the history of the world False consciousness vs. Class consciousness relevant in all “revolutions.” True “class” only comes with consciousness of mutual circumstances, mutual interests, common enemies $ most relevant dimension of stratification Capitalism lead to exploitation? (Are there negative effects of the “profit motive?”)
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How was Marx “wrong?” $ not the only way societies stratified
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This note was uploaded on 02/11/2011 for the course SYG 2000 taught by Professor Joos during the Spring '08 term at University of Florida.

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Chap 9 (Strat Theory) - Chapter 9 Concepts and Theories of...

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