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Introduction to Stratification and Inequality (Chapter 9.1)

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Tim Justice

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Introduction to Social Stratification and Inequality
1. We will be able to define social stratification and social inequality.

2. We will be able to identify types of stratification systems.

3. We will be able to discuss dimensions of social
Social Inequality
The unequal sharing of scarce resources and social rewards.
Income-earnings from work, investments
Wealth-Total value of money and other assets
Occupational Prestige
What does Social Stratification lead to in Society?
Caste System
Closed systems

Class Systems
Open systems
Two Types of of Stratification
Distribution of scarce resources and rewards is determined on basis of achieved statuses.
Karl Marx
-Focuses on ownership of property
Max Weber
-Focuses on property, prestige, and power
Weber Accepted Today
-Value of everything a person owns
-Ability to control the behavior of others
-The respect, honor, recognition, or courtesy an individual receives from others in society.
Income, Occupation, Education, Family, Background, Area of Residence
Socioeconomic Status
-Rating that combines social factors such as education, occupation, and place of residence with economic factor
Class Systems
Social Stratification
What is social stratification?
System in which scarce resources and rewards are distributed based on ascribed statuses.
How maintained:
-marriage outside one's social category
Instead, practice
-marriage within one's social category
Example: India's Caste System, Apartheid in South Africa.
Caste Systems
Respond to the following on a sheet of paper:
System by which a society ranks categories of people in a hierarchy
Physical Appearance
Educational Attainment
Closed Systems
-Allows for little change in social position.

Open Systems
-Permits much more social mobility.
Social Worker
Garbage Collector
Police Officer
Rank in Terms of Prestige
The origin of Monopoly can be traced to a Quaker woman that created the game called The Landlord’s Game to warn people about the problems of monopolies in the world. Flash forward to the Great Depression, a man named Charles Darrow created the board game based on his memories of summering at Atlantic City, New Jersey. Now more than 275 million game boards have been sold worldwide in more than 111 countries. The ultimate goal of this game to buy up properties, develop the properties, collect rent from opponents to eventually drive them into bankruptcy.

Today we will be playing Monopoly for an hour in our groups and we will then debrief at the end of the hour. Tonight you will have a reflection to write based on what happened while playing.

What causes inequality in society and how would you solve it?
College Professor
Airline Pilot
Secondary School Teacher
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