Chapter 14. Stratification

Chapter 14. - Your Sumerian village has decided to build an irrigation canal The village can afford to pay 10,000 gold pieces for the building

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Unformatted text preview: 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. 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. 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. 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? Systematic Inequality (Stratification) is functional and a source of social order...
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2011 for the course SOC 101 taught by Professor Ivester during the Spring '11 term at Bay State.

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Chapter 14. - Your Sumerian village has decided to build an irrigation canal The village can afford to pay 10,000 gold pieces for the building

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