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Chapter 10

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Chapter 10 SOCI 2010

Caoimhe Notetaker
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Foundations of Sociology
David Maddox

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Date Created: 10/19/15
Foundations of sociology 10142015 Chapter 10 social strati cation inequality and poverty Being exposed to stressful environment due to poverty even before birth may have a negative effect on a child s outcomes Cant achieve equality of opportunity Social Strati cation examines inequalities among individuals and groups Systematic study of inequality History of inequality 0 Hunter gathers had only necessities so no substantial inequalities 0 With increased complexity of societies gained surplus With surplus came quotbig manquot who was able to control the surplus start of unequal societies 0 As settled agricultural communities increased inequalities increased Slavery Feudalism early source on inequality refers to a social order based on agriculture in which those who own land landlords are entitled to receive the products of serf laborers who are legally obligated to work for the landlord 0 Industrial revolution rapid economic growth which brought great inequality 0 Today almost 50 of wealth of the world is controlled by top 1 of the population Measure of economic inequality Wealth and income 0 Income the receipt of money or good over a particular period Sources earned for regularjob investments or ownership of property andor business transferred from government inherited or borrowed or illegal earnings 0 Wealth the net value of assets owned by individuals or family Source real estate Wealth difference between individuals and groups are often far larger than income differences 0 Other measures of well being 0 Consumption how much an individual or family actually consumes in a certain period of time may not directly correspond with income 0 Health o Opportunity Inequality by class 0 Large middle class in developing countries 0 Mostly Professional technical managerial jobs or small business owners 0 Enjoy enough income to buy homes cars computer large TV and have savingsinvestment accounts 0 Class groups of people in similar social and economic positions with similar opportunity in life and are affect similarly by government poHces 0 Only makes sense to look at class in relation to each other 0 3 approaches for determining class 0 How people earn money is more important than the amount of money than earn 0 SES combined factor takes more than money into account 0 Focus on adult occupations more likely to have similar beliefs Why is America so unequal Inequality and poverty are higher in US than any other rich democratic country 0 4 factors of inequality in US 1 Technology a Compliments some jobs BUT replaces others I Made having a college degree increasingly important 2 Deindustrialization decrease in manufacturing a Replacing good jobs for bad ones with less pay fewer bene ts and more likely part time 3 Globalization n Outsourcing 4 Government Policies a Progressive tax 0 Tax cuts a Minimum wage 0 Top 1 o Inheritance and hold jobs Executives High level managers Do we all have equal opportunity to Succeed Social mobility a measure of the extent to which parents and their children have similar or different social and economic positions in adu hood 0 High mobility equality of opportunity 0 US has low social mobility 0 Amount of mobility depends on What does on inside families How individuals are slotted into jobs within the labor market a Mobility is higher when good jobs are expanding Governmental policies I Regulate labor market and education system Meritocracy rewards and positions are distributed by ability NOT social background or persona connections 0 Investment in education allows for inheritance of privileged positions 0 Schools play a crucial role in blocking or facilitating social mobility Poverty in US and around the world 0 Poverty line 0 If you spend over 12 of income on food Has not taken into account change in cost of living just cost of food 0 Poverty in uenced by 0 Minority status in US 0 Education 0 Employment status 0 Family structure 0 Most poor people DO have jobs NI 39 0 0 About 23 of families living below poverty line have at least 1 member working at least part time Most poor families have very little savings to fall back upon in times of crisis 0 US spends less than any other wealthy country to alleviate poverty 0 Childhood poverty creates vicious cycle 0 O 0 Lack healthcare nutrition shelter effect development Stress and anxiety level are high which is bad for children development Exposure to toxins violence insecurity which effect cognition and development


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