What Divides Us

What Divides Us - What Divides Us: Stratification

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What Divides Us: Stratification Social stratification  refers to the unequal distribution around the world of the three Ps:  property power , and  prestige . This stratification forms the basis of the divisions of society and categorizations  of people. In the case of the latter,  social classes  of people develop, and moving from one stratum  to another becomes difficult.  Normally property (wealth), power (influence), and prestige (status) occur together.  That is, people  who are wealthy tend also to be powerful and appear prestigious to others. Yet this is not always the  case. Plumbers may make more money than do college professors, but holding a professorship is  more prestigious than being a “blue collar worker.” The three “Ps” form the basis of social stratification in the United States and around the world, so a  detailed discussion of these social “rewards” is in order.
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This note was uploaded on 11/21/2011 for the course SOCI 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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