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Some Principles of Stratification Response by Melvin Tumin Introduction All societies have hierarchies of positions (i.e., stratification) marked by unequal distribution of resources. Prestige often is attached to higher positions within this stratification structure. The ubiquity of stratification has given rise to the assumption that there must be something inevitable and functional about it.
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Some Principles of Stratification Response by Melvin Tumin Critique of the Davis and Moore Thesis 1. The functional argument that a certain hierarchy is functional because it exists is a teleological one. Teleology: A supernatural explanation for observed events. Not allowed in science. 1. It is difficult to know what is functional for society, especially across time and space.
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Some Principles of Stratification Response by Melvin Tumin Critique of the Davis and Moore Thesis 1. The functional argument assumes no discrimination and perfect social mobility.
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