SOC 150, Week 10
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Date Created: 04/03/16
SOC 150 Week Ten (March 28 and 30 ) th Contains: Chapter 10: The Architecture of Stratification Terms and Definitions: Prestige: the respect and honor given to some people in society Structural Functionalist view of stratification (Ranking system) 1) All societies are stratified so it must be beneficial 2) Stratification creates social order 3) Those who are more talented, and spend more time learning skills should be financially rewarded, otherwise they wouldn’t want to do the jobs 4) It’s not just the job function that is important, it is the number of people who can do it. So you are stuck if you don’t have the ability to go further up the triangle. Herbert Ganz: A SF theorist looked at 4 classes and says they must be necessary. Function of the poor: 1) Provide low wage pool (stabilizes the social system) 2) Provide voluntary army (good benefit, schooling)-> go for lower class recruit 3) Work in occupation that serve the very poor (social workers are working poor, by supporting the poor, you are keeping them poor) 4) Reminder of the American Dream For ex: someone who is very poor got rich, anyone who wants to go down is deviant 5) Scape goats middle class blames the poor class, not the top people. SF focus on system positions: value/reward. NOT HOW individuals came to occupy them. Conflict Theorist view of stratification: 1) Stratification is not what maintains social order. The farther apart in levels of stratification the more unstable it makes society 2) System of stratification serves people with power/ resources. 3) Serves only the interests of powerful/ wealthy. 4) Allocation of resources- creates false shortages- hurts everyone of the 95% bottom. (a social dilemma) 5) Economic and political systems need maintain the stratified society to work 6) Success = degree of stratification, more inequality, more closed system = lack of power to change. Contrasting: SF view: Once you are in the “proper” position, it motivates people to produce/ to work Conflict theory view: People are “locked” into positions based on system constraints- why do they work within the system.