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Unformatted text preview: The shadow of an untouchable's house is polluting to members of the upper castes. B. Class: Achieved Status The class system is an open form of stratification based primarily on economic criteria. The boundaries between classes are more fluid than with the caste system. Individuals can move around within the class system. Their status can improve or decline. Class membership depends, at least in part, on characteristics which the individual can control. Keep in mind, however, that people tend to be born into class structure. Change is difficult. Historic conditions determine social class structure. The ideology of the dominant culture perpetuates class structure. The type of class structure which allows the greatest mobility is generally a modern industrial society....
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
- Fall '10