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Intro Sociology Chappter 7

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Intro Sociology Chappter 7 Soc 1020

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chapter 7- global stratification
Intro to Sociology 1020
Professor Lambert
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Intro Sociology Buckel Chapter 7- Global Stratification Social Stratification (SS)  Social Stratification- a system in which groups of people are divided into layers according to their property, power, and prestige (3p’s)- refers to ranking large groups (not individuals)  Ideology- Three Major Systems of SS  Slavery o Causes: not usually based on racism- based on debt, crime, and war o Conditions: temporary vs lifelong, slave status not always inheritable, slaves status not always powerless and poor  Caste o Birth determines lifelong status  based on ascribed status and achieved status o US Racial Caste System- from the moment of birth, race marks everyone for lifea dn racial groups are hierarchal o Endogamy- marrying within your own group (Ex. Racial groups, social class) o Ritual pollution- the idea that marrying outside of your group is polluting the “purity” of your group  Class o Placed at birth and primarily based on money/material possessions o Social Mobility- movement up or down the social class ladder  Starting position at birth largely determines ones social mobility  Social mobility also depends on whether the system is open or closed Gender and Superclass  Gender- a basis for social stratification  Global Superclass- growing interconnections among the world’s wealthiest people Functionalist View  Social stratification is universal  Davis and Moore’s Explanation o 1. Society must make sure positions are filled o 2. Some positions are more important than others o 3. More important positions were to be filled by people that are the most qualified o 4. To motivate qualified people, there must be different awards given  Tumin’s Critique of Davis and Moore o How do we determine what positions are most important? o Stratification should be based on meritocracy but is it really? o If stratification is so functional, then it ought to benefit everyone Conflict Perspective  Mosca’s Argument o Argued that stratification by power is inevitable o 1. For society to exist, it must be organized. This requires leadership to coordinate people’s actions o 2. To have leaders and followers, there must be inequalities of power o 3. Human nature is self-centered, therefore people in power will use position to reap greater rewards for themselves or their group  Marx’s Argument o Stratification happens when small groups in power use society’s resources to benefit themselves and oppress others  Current applications of conflict theory o Power relations among nations, national elites control workers and power shifts as capital moves between nations o Conflicts between racial-ethnic groups as they compete over education, housing, prestige o Conflicts between members of the same social class (unions) How do Elites Maintain Stratification?  Soft Control vs Force o 1. Controlling People’s Ideas  Ideology- beliefs that justify the way things are (ex. Divine right of kings) o 2. Controlling Information  Controls on internet cafes and search engines (China)  Labor camps (Korea)  “in the interest of national security”- media domination (USA) o 3. Stifling Criticism o 4. Big Brother Technology  Monitoring citizens with cameras, wiretaps, etc. Global Stratification: Three Worlds  Nations are stratified by the 3P’s o The most industrialized nations  In the US, running water, traffic lights, etc. are taken for granted and make life easier  31% land, 16% population o Industrializing nations  20% land, 16% population o Least industrialized nations  49% land, 68% population  Modifying the Model o Oil-rich nations of the Middle East o Kuwait is an excellent example 3 Theories on How Nations Became Stratified  Colonialism- countries that industrialized first got a head start and established economic colonies  World System Theory- (Emmanuel Wallerstein) o Industrialization led to 4 groups of nations: 1. Core 2. Semiperiphery 3. Periphery 4. External o All countries are connected through the globalization of capitalism  Culture of Poverty Theory o Argued by economist Galbraith (1979) o A way of life that perpetuates poverty from one generation to the next  Living on the edge of starvation and can’t afford to make changes  Religion teaches fatalism- god has decided your fate already and you can’t change it  Evaluating these 3 Theories o Most sociologists prefer colonialism and world system theory o C.O.P. blames victim and ignores international political arrangements that benefit Most Industrialized nations 3 Ways Global Stratification is Maintained  Neocolonialism o Replaced colonialism o Using international markets to control Least Industrialized nations  Selling goods on credit creates a circle of debt o Relevance today: debt, low-cost oil, and human rights violations  Multinational Corporations o Direct and indirect exploitation of Least Industrialized countries o Buying political stability by funneling money and weapons in return for low taxes and cheap labor  Often referred to as subsidies or offsets instead of bribes o Unanticipated Consequences- some countries have begun to rival older capitalist countries (“Asian Tigers”- Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan)  Technology and Global Domination o Least Industrialized nations are unable to invest in technology o However, some countries such as India and China, have been able to export manufactured goods on a massive scale due to cheap labor  Capital ($$) from exports is then used to adopt high technology to modernize infrastructure (transportation, communication, electrical, and banking systems) and advance their industry


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