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Prestige A final basis of social stratification is the unequal distribution of  prestige , or an individual's status  among his or her peers and in society. Although property and power are objective, prestige is  subjective, for it depends on other people's perceptions and attitudes. And while prestige is not as  tangible as money and influence, most Americans want to increase their status and honor as seen  by others.  Occupation is one means by which prestige can be obtained. In studies of occupational prestige,  Americans tend to answer consistently—even across the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. For example,  being a physician ranks among the highest on the scale, whereas being a shoe shiner ranks near 
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Unformatted text preview: the bottom. The way people rank professions appears to have much to do with the level of education and income of the respective professions. To become a physician requires much more extensive training than is required to become a cashier. Physicians also make a great deal more money than cashiers, ensuring their higher prestige ranking. To occupation must be added social statuses based on race, gender, and age. Even though being a professor is highly ranked, also being a racial minority and a female may negatively affect prestige. As a result, individuals who experience such status inconsistency may suffer from significant anxiety, depression, and resentment....
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