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Sociology Class Notes Week 7

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Sociology Class Notes Week 7 1311

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Date Created: 10/14/16
Social Stratification  How society ranks people  Ex. Low class, middle class, high class Caste Systems  Based on ascription (born into it)  Ex. Royals, commoners, outcasts Social Mobility  Moving up or down the system  Impossible in the caste system Caste Systems Shape People’s Lives in 4 Ways  Endogamy- no out of group marriage  No out of group contact  Typical of agrarian societies o Routines of agriculture = a rigid sense of duty and discipline Class System Society  Stratification based on birth and achievement  Moves towards meritocracy o Stratification based on personal merit Status Consistency  Consistency across dimensions of social inequality. o Ex. Power- Status- Class  In class systems, status consistency is lower than in caste systems Max Weber’s 3-Dimensions of Stratification: Class, Status, Power  Not only class, but also status and power are stratified Social Theories on Social Stratification  Structural Functionalists  Social Conflict Theorists Structural-Functional Theorists  Davis and Moore’s Thesis: o Gives incentive to hard work to achieve a desired position o Wages are based on the importance of the position  Can’t specify importance of positions; some are over or under awarded  Ignores hoe social stratification may hinder the development of individual talents Social Conflict Theorists  Karl Max: Class and conflict o Conflict between groups o Capitalists/bourgeoisie- factory and business owners o The proletarians- sell labor for wages  Marx’s Predictions o Proletariat vs. Bourgeoisie o Overthrow the capitalists o Wealth is still concentrated among the elite o Class conflict continues  Workers vs. Management  The laws still protect the private property of the rich  Marx predicted that revolutions were inevitable in capitalist societies Why No Revolution Yet?  Workers are better organized  Unions fight for reform Why hasn’t the western capitalism experienced a revolution as per Marx’s predictions?  The capitalist class has grown; more stable in the system  Extended legal protections to workers Stratification Ideology  Cultural beliefs that justify stratification  Plato o Every culture considers some type of inequality “fair” Dimensions of Social Class  Income (wages and earnings from investment) o 48% of income goes to the top 20% richest people  Wealth ($$$ + assets – debt) o 84% of wealth goes to the top 20% richest people  Power (ability to control and face resistance) o Source of power: wealth and occupation  Education (key to better career opportunities) o Affects both occupation and income  Ancestry (point of entry into system) o Ascribed: wealth, privileges Gender o Ascribed, female = less income Race/Ethnicity o Affects income, wealth, and occupation Social Classes in the US  1%: the upper-upper. Anglo-Saxon, protestants, ascribed wealth  Lower upper: the working rich, achieved Average middle Working class Lower class Upper-Upper “Old money” So much wealth Devoted to community service Lower-Upper Class The working rich The “new rich” Enjoy “old money” standards Usually excluded from certain organizations and clubs of the old rich The Middle Class More ethnically diverse Upper Middle o High occupational prestige o Value education and politics Lower Middle o Income provides modest security Working Class Risk financial problems due to illness or unemployment 50% own homes in less desirable inner neighborhood *Intragenerational Social Mobility Changed in social position during one’s lifetime *Intergenerational Social Mobility Up or downward social mobility of children in relation to their parents Mobility varies by gender and ethnicity, more fluid for males Social mobility varies by income level Earnings have stalled Multiple job holding Change: Manufacturing to service work o Creates upward mobility but just for educated people o Service work also fosters investments, but for those with money Social Class by Age 21.9% of children under 18 live in poverty Social Class by Race and Ethnicity  2/3 of all poor people are white  28% of blacks are poor  25% of Latinos are poor *Social Class by Gender  Feminization of poverty o The increasing proportion of females in poverty


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