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The Bell Curve Nirali Shah Kathleen Staub Antonetha Donatus Jessica
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Abstract When given the strength for knowledge, one is better able to overcome the hurdles (social influences) that have been placed upon them by society. However, for one to overcome these barriers, one needs the equal opportunity to obtain the fundamental knowledge to reach their destiny.
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In this article authors Herrnstein and Murray are trying to show how the society is responsible for the cognitive elite to become isolated. Also, he is trying to show how the elite work among themselves, where they meet their mates, marry among themselves, live among themselves, and get isolated from the rest of the society.
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Inequality in education Many attainable elements of culture such as, the existence of minority groups, ascribed status, prejudice, which are closely connected, can be found throughout the article. If one does not score a higher percentage on I.Q. tests or does not have an education, one is classified into a minority or an out-group, and will have trouble finding a high paying job.
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This might lead to an ascribed status of a lower class individual within the society. It might create prejudice towards individuals that do not have the opportunity for the need of an education to be placed in the dominant group of society.
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Functionalist Perspective As far as functionalists are concerned, stratification is important for social structure and it might be impossible to have social structure without some differential social class.
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