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Unformatted text preview: by various means: ideological control (patriotism, theocracy, etc.), monopoly on technical knowledge, and (if necessary) force What about more specific scenarios of the development of stratification? Older theories (popular in 19th century) viewed social stratification as a manifestation of the general "progress" & increase in complexity characteristic of sociocultural evolution Modern scholars dismiss these arguments as teleological (societies don't have any automatic tendency to become more complex), tautological (they simple re-label what needs to be explained, and call it the cause), and ethnocentric (they position modern states as proper culmination of last 40,000 yrs of human history) Following the discrediting of these "social progress" explanations, many social theorists sought to isolate a "prime mover" (key variable, primary cause) responsible for development of stratification...
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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