Sociological Perspectives on Gender Stratification

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Sociological Perspectives on Gender Stratification The major sociological perspectives offer interpretations of gender  stratification that resemble and parallel their positions on class and  racial or ethnic stratification. The Functionalist Perspective.  Functionalists  suggest that families are organized along instrumental- expressive lines, with men specializing in instrumental tasks  and women in expressive tasks. The Conflict Perspective.  Conflict theorists contend  that a sexual division of labor is a social vehicle devised by  men to ensure themselves of privilege, prestige, and power  in their relationships with women. The Interactionist Perspective.  Interactionists argue  that gender inequality persists because of the way we define  men and women and their appropriate roles in society.  Language helps perpetuate inequality. The Feminist Perspective. 
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