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Final test lecture notes (week 13)

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Final test lecture notes (week 13) SOCL 100

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Study these notes for the last test coming up in December!
Introductory Sociology
Matthew Pruitt
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Date Created: 11/22/15
Week 13 Lecture Notes An overview of stratification  Social stratification: refers to a system in which groups of people are divided into layers according to the relative power, property, and prestige.  It’s a way of ranking large groups of people into a hierarchy according to their relative privileges.  Effects life changes.  Every society stratifies its members. Ideology: believes that justify social arrangements.  All stratification systems are all upheld by ideology Stratification systems: 1. Caste system: an ascribed (closed) system of stratification. o Status determined at birth. o Born into a certain level of caste and it’s lifelong. o They practice endogamy (marry in the same caste). o They guard against ritual pollution (types of unclean contact across class). o Lowest class level could not go out early in the morning or late evening; shadowing will pollute. o In India, the ideology that came up with caste is Hinduism. 2. Class system: an open system of stratification based on income and wealth. o Initial position in society is based upon that of one’s parents. o The boundaries are fluid. o Social mobility is possible (can move up or down the social class system) o Marx looked at social class as it was largely determined on their relationship of the mean of production.  Bourgeoisie (owners)  Proletariat (workers) Max Weber’s three components of social class: 1. Property (wealth) 2. Power (ability to control others even over their objection) 3. Prestige (honor) Why is stratification universal? The functionalists views:  Classic view: Davis’ Mor thesis: o Society has positions that need to be filled. o Some positions are more critical or important than others o They argue that we offer property, power, and prestige proportional to skill requirements and functional importance of jobs.  Critique of functionalists perspective: o How do we measure the importance of positions and does pay reflect the functional importance? o If true, society would be a meritocracy? o Stratification is dysfunctional to many. o Over time, there is a strangulation of talent. Meaning the competition becomes less open. o It ignores the role of power in creating and maintaining stratification. Components of social class  Wealth: consists of property and income minus debt. o Property: things that you own o Income: wages and dividends  Power: ability of individuals or groups to achieve goals, control events, and maintain influence over others despite opposition.  Prestige: ranking is consistent across countries and over time. o Occupational Prestige Scores: 1. Physician: 86 2. Lawyer: 75 3. High school teacher: 66 4. Plumber: 45 5. Barber: 36 6. Bartender: 25 o Four features that are associated with jobs that have high job prestige: 1. Typically pay more. 2. Typically require more education. 3. They involve more abstract fault. (using mind/ presentations) 4. More autonomy (people have more personal control, less direct supervision)  People often display prestige through status symbols. Percent of all income in the US (1970-2012)  Richest 20% o 1970: 43.4% o 2012: 51% nd  2 20% o 1970: 24.5% o 2012: 23%  3rd 20% o 1970: 17.4% o 2012: 14.4%  4 20% o 1970: 10.8% o 2012: 8.3%  5 20% o 1970: 4.1% o 2012: 3.2%  Top 5% o 1970: 16.6% o 2012: 22.3% Top 5% and top 20% were the only increased. Wealth (percent of all wealth (2006))  Richest 1%: 34%  Top 5%: 57.5%  Top 10%: 69.5%  Bottom 90%: 30.4%  Bottom 50%: 2.5% The class system:  The upper class o 3%  The middle class o 40%  The working class o 30%  The lower class o 27% The upper class:  The upper-uppers (1%)  The “blue bloods”  Membership almost always based on ascription  They have “old money” standards The middle class:  Upper-middles (14%) o $76,000+ yearly income  Lower-middles (26%) o $46,000-$75,999 yearly income  Working class (30%) o $19,000-$45,999 yearly income  Lower class (27%) o $9,000-$18,999 (working poor 13%) o Under $9,000 (underclass 14%)


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