Social Stratification

May 7th, 2015
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Social StratificationContentsIntroduction - What is Social Stratification? A Brief HistoryTheories of Social StratificationHow Social Stratification impacts Society and Social lifeSocial Stratification in IndiaSocial Stratification and Law/the Legal SystemIntroductionOne of the most characteristic features of a human being is his inborn ability to create and exist as a group. Many terms have been given for the symbiotic inter being of human beings such as community and society. It is in this society or social bubble that man lives, thrives and dies. However, from the very beginning of civilisation, man as an individual has been very competitive in his pursuit for a more prosperous life among his society. It is probably somewhere in this pursuit that man has developed a mechanism which allows him arrange individuals into divisions within the society. This forms the basic premise of social stratification. The word stratification is derived from the word strata which is used in geology to explain the rock layers created by natural processes.Societies have become more and more complex, and the hierarchal arrangement of individuals into divisions, castes and social classes has tended to become more prevalent. In most modern societies, there generally exist three major determinants namely Wealth, Occupation and Power which divide society into different layers. These three factors are fundamental in determining a persons social class. 1. Wealth

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