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Social Stratification

Social Stratification

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Published by: Hardutt Purohit on Sep 29, 2009
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Stratification describes the way in which differentgroups of people are placed within society. The statusof people is often determined by how society isstratified - the basis of which can include;
Wealth and income
Social class
Political status
Religion (e.g. the caste system in India)
“Stratification” involves some concept of layering (one layer being placed above or belowthe next- like rock layers), the concept of “SocialStratification” involves the idea that people – either as individuals or, more usually, as groups – can be assigned to different layers ( or levels ) inthe society in which they live
A process by which people come to define a groupas a race based in part on physical characteristics, but also on historical, cultural (religious) andeconomic factorsOften an ideology constructed by the dominant or majority group which has the power to defineitself legally but also to shape a society’s values

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