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Chapter 14. Stratification

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Your Sumerian village has decided to build an  irrigation canal.  The village can afford to pay  10,000 gold pieces for the building project, but it  has not yet designed the plans or hired the  workers.  For the purposes of this exercise, the  class will be divided into groups that will be  broken up into the groups that will be needed to  complete the project: the architects who will  draw up the plans, the diggers who will dig a  canal, the stone masons who will line the canal  with stone, the maintenance crew who will keep  the canal clean and free of silt, and the  government. 
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The goal of the government is to negotiate a price  with each group for the cost of their labor, while  staying within the 10,000 gold piece budget.   The goal of the workers is to negotiate a salary  without jeopardizing the completion of the project, for  if the canal cannot be completed, the village will  suffer from disease and plague and eventually fall  into ruin.   
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Each group should discuss their strategy, and  then when instructed the government should  send representatives to visit each group to see  what their initial offer is.  After the initial offer is  acquired, the individual representatives should  return to the government center, discuss the  offers, determine the counter offer, and then  send out their representative’s again.  This  process may take a few rounds before a final  agreement can be reached.
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How is the social class system and the idea  of stratification reflected in this exercise? Analyze your group’s actions from both  Functionalism and Conflict Theory- that is,  were any of your actions consistent with the  tenants of these theories? Were any of your  actions inconsistent with the tenants of these  theories?
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Systematic Inequality (Stratification) is functional  and a source of social order
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