FINAL - 1 Gender Stratification and Women in Developing...

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1 Gender Stratification and Women in Developing Nations Stephanie Price University of Phoenix SOC/120
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2 Abstract There are many social problems in society today. It was difficult to pick just one to discuss. I chose to research gender stratification and women in developing nations. The way women have taken control and became independent has always been something that has been interesting to me. There are a few basic principles that determine stratification I will discuss this in the following. The second part I would like to discuss women in developing nations.
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3 In society today there are different ways for us to see gender stratification. There are a few ways that we see gender stratification the amount of surplus in a society will determine how much power there is for some to be able to hold over others. When speaking of gender inequality it corresponds to the type of society and the stratification system in place. The level of a woman’s control over surplus is what shapes the economic power. A woman’s economic control is mainly influenced by the indispensability of women’s labor. How the work is organized and the sex ratios in the population determine stratification. A woman has the control over their sexuality and the reproduction system that allows women to have economic power and determine their access to different types of power. In a highly militarized society women’s influence and power are usually lessened. This is because men generally control the weapons and violence is easily turned against people with less power in their homes. There are different types of stratification based on the different societies. There is technology stratification; a society sets perimeters for what type of family structure can exist and the degree of gender inequality. There societies that are about hunting and gatehring , they have small band of families with low surplus. Men have very little power over women in a society like this. In this type of society mutual cooperation is a necessity for survival. In different areas there is segregation of occupations based on sex. In certain areas this is higher than in others. In a society that has favorable environmental conditions and they have a good supply of food there is a greater flexibility between men and women. When thing in the society are easily and abundantly produced both men and women have the means to support themselves. The need for marriage is
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