sociology - Social Stratification

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Social Stratification refers to the hierarchical structure of social inequality (Jary and Jary). Social stratification is a form of social inequality. In fact Haralambos and Holborn define it as particular form of social inequality which refers to the distinction of social groups that are ranked one above the other in terms of factors such as prestige and wealth.

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Social Stratificationrefers to the hierarchical structure of social inequality (Jary and Jary). Social stratification is a form of social inequality. In fact Haralambos and Holborn define it as particular form of social inequality which refers to the distinction of social groups that are ranked one above the other in terms of factors such as prestige and wealth. Members of a particular stratum share the same lifestyle, a common identity and share common interests which distinguish them from the members of other strata (Haralambos and Holborn).According to Macionis and Plummer there are four basic principles of social stratification:1.Social Stratification is present in every society (Macionis and Plummer). Some sociologists might argue that it is social inequality that is present not stratification itself since social stratification is a feature of capitalist societies.2.Social Stratification continues from one generation to the next; an understanding of social stratification should be taken from a societal not individual point of view (Macionis and Plummer).3.Social Stratification is universal but variable ( while social stratification is found everywhere what is unequal and how unequal it is varies form one society to another) (Macionis and Plummer)4.Social Stratification involves beliefs as well as inequality. (Macionis and Plummer)Stratification systemsThere are three

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