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Unformatted text preview: NOTES ON STRATIFICATION! FORMAL DEFINITIONS- • Slavery- Economic form of inequality in which some people are legally the property of others • caste system - Stratification system based on heredity, with little movement allowed across strata • estate system (feudal system)- Stratification system in which high-status groups own land and have power based on birth DEFINITIONS- • The upper class (the highest earning 5% of the U.S. population) is usually thought to include owners of vast amounts of property and other forms of wealth, major shareholders and owners of large corporations, top financiers, rich celebrities and politicians, and members of prestigious families. • The middle class (roughly 45% of the population) is likely to include college-educated managers, supervisors, executives, small business owners, and professionals (for example, lawyers, doctors, teachers, and engineers)....
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This note was uploaded on 03/07/2012 for the course SOCI 101 taught by Professor Verginiahusting during the Spring '08 term at Boise State.
- Spring '08