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Patterns of Social Stratification

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Patterns of Social Stratification Social stratification depends upon, but is not the same thing as,  social differentiation —the process by which a society becomes  increasingly specialized over time. Open and Closed Systems.  Where people can  change their status with relative ease, sociologists refer to  the arrangement as an  open system.  A  closed system  is  one in which people have great difficulty in changing their  status. Dimensions of Stratification.  Sociologists typically take a multidimensional view of  stratification, identifying three components: economic  standing  (wealth and income), prestige,  and power. The American Class System Inequality follows relatively consistent and stable patterns that persist  through time. We often refer to advantaged and disadvantaged  groups in the United States as the upper class, middle class, and  lower class.
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