Notes_Lecture 9_Social Stratification

Notes_Lecture 9_Social Stratification - 11/10/11 Lecture 9...

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11/10/11 Crusoe Titanic o Class differences can be insignificant o Movie – destruction of class structures Optimistic tale holds out hope for a society where class structures don’t matter Functional Theory of Stratification - Is social stratification necessary? o Davis/Moore Believe some occupations are more important than others Some kinds of careers require more training How do you motivate those who undergo the sacrifices necessary to get professional jobs? High rewards must be offered Therefore, stratification is necessary; it performs a useful function o Criticisms The view that some occupations are more important than others should be taken into historical contexts Gov’t taxed farmers and ordinary working folk for surplus Allowed for creation of universities to train professionals Failure to examine adv/disadv passed from generation to generation Transferring of wealth – inheritance
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Notes_Lecture 9_Social Stratification - 11/10/11 Lecture 9...

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