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Intro to Sociology, Week 11 Notes

by: Rebecca Smith

Intro to Sociology, Week 11 Notes SO 1003

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These notes cover chapter 7
Intro to Sociology
Robert Montgomery
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Date Created: 04/12/16
Intro to Sociology Chapter 7 Stratification  Refers to systematic inequalities in any given society between groups of people that come about intentional or unintentional consequences of social processes Views of Inequality  Jean-Jacques Rousseau th o In the 18 century, argued that private property creates social inequality which leads to social conflict  Thomas Malthus o Believed inequality is good because it creates motivation for social position growth o If a person has capabilities, they can climb the ladder of success which is called meritocracy o The best and brightest go to the top while the others stay at the bottom  George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel o Proposed the master-slave dialectic o Ongoing cycle between thesis and antithesis where when a new thesis develops an antithesis follows soon after o Said most social relationships are based conflicts like master-slave model Forms of Stratification  Karl Marx o Used Hegel’s ideas to come up with a two class system made up of  Bourgeoisie  The few top people who are the owners  Proletariat  The many bottom people who are the workers  Erik Olin Wright o Said it is a lot more complicated than just two classes o Developed the concept of classes that fall in between the two extreme classes  Inherited rich  Nouveau rich  Upper middle class  Lower middle class  Working class  Underclass  Max Weber o Adds value, religion, and social prestige to the system of stratification  C. Wright Mills o Came up with the “power elite” o A handful of people move back and forth between decision making positions


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