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Social Stratification and Inequality Work Preference Using one’s occupation as a partial measure of social class has another pitfall: it assumes that people are doing the kinds of work they prefer and for which they are best prepared. In a full market employment economy, people can generally find the kinds of work they want, but in a weak economy, people sometimes have to take jobs that do not reflect their interests, education, or experience. Bias Using occupation to place people in a certain social class reflects our society’s bias. As mentioned earlier, American society automatically accords some jobs more prestige than others. This does not mean that they are better occupations or that the people who do them are more worthy individuals. Income Of the three variables, income is perhaps the least reliable as a predictor of SES. Assuming that a
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Unformatted text preview: person’s income is derived mostly from his or her job, the salary he or she receives is subject to influence by a variety of factors: • Geographic region • Size of company • Educational level • Work experience Example: Being vice president of a company could mean many different things. In a small company in the rural South, the vice president of a company might make $30,000 a year, whereas the vice president of a Fortune 500 company would very likely have a six-figure salary. In the banking industry, vice president is a common term. It’s often given to people who make a certain salary, regardless of their actual position or level of responsibility...
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2012 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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