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Sami Bazzi

Stratification Definitions

1. Social stratification can be described through the perception behind status, as well as social
standing. The concept is driven behind how certain individuals are judged, or viewed as within
society, based upon their class and privilege, as a result. Social class expresses an individual's
standing in society, dictated by a number of variables, such as occupation, financial status,
accessibility to education, etc. The two concepts are linked through the advertent categories that
they're placed within. Social stratification summarizes the perception announced when dealing
with social class, and how that perception affects judgment, influence, etc. The four systems of
stratification are expressed through an exhibition of the caste system, slavery system, estate, and
class. The caste system deals with a set standard of living that is acknowledged by society, and
by the individual. The epitome of this display would be those who live in poverty. Due to the
economic status, those who live in poverty are most likely bound to that state through their
financial status, and is therefore, closed and ascribed. The slavery systems is based upon
ownership. The slavery system isn't necessarily taken to its literal term, but can refer to those
who are treated with supplement and nourishment, rather than monetary pricing. An example
would be butlers and/or maids. Many are housed and taken care for at the expense of
disregarding monetary reception. The flexibility in regards to status isn't very limber, and is
therefore difficult to escape that status ascribed. As a result of the predicament, the class is
considered closed. The estate system categorizes society into segments based upon financial
status and occupation. The different segments can be classified as the clergy (first estate), the
nobility and prestigious (second estate), and ultimately, the commoners (third estate). The clergy
can be characterized as the followers/supporters of the church, the noble can be expressed as the
elite class and privileged, and the commoners can be shown to be those consisting of farmers,
servants, carpenters, etc. The system dates back prominently within the 18th century, and was
violently overturned in Britain. There's not much room for advancement within the system, as
one is born into their keepsake, however, and is therefore closed and ascribed. However, the last
system, being the class system, is astronomically the most open system, and indicates a
tremendous opportunity for vertical mobility within the system. The class system is similar to the
estate system in differing aspects, however, provides more opportunities. The class is
characterized by multiple stages, such as the upper, middle, and lower class. Although there are
divisions, there are a plethora of possibilities and advantages. The class is prominent in
accessibility, and provides more leeway when introducing certain privileges , such as education.
Due to the system's pliability, an achieved status is possible, and therefore, supported.

2. Karl Marx's mode of production refers to the process in which individuals produce and
provide subsistence in order to survive and prosper. That enhancement allows certain
characteristics to be illuminated, and is drawn on by society. An example of this phenomenon
can be displayed through the collective efforts of farmers, and their process. They revolve their
livelihood around agricultural goods, and is rewarded in that essence. The bourgeoisies and
proletariats can be described through this concept. In essence, the following correlates with the
simple fundamentals of economics. The bourgeoisies demand, and the proletariats are the
suppliers. The bourgeoisie, in other words, essentially own the means of production, and can
demand, in contrast to the latter. Class consciousness deals with the acknowledgment in which
you stand, which juxtaposes false consciousness, having the opposite effect. False consciousness
deals with an individual's inability to comprehend his place in society. Lastly, dominant
Ideology deals with the principles and information consumed according to many influential
individuals.

3. Weber believed in motives, and reason behind people's actions. Weber defines class as an
individual's socioeconomic status within the society they reside in. A prime example would be
whether or not they owned any assets, owned or rented property, etc. The purpose was to
distinguish oneself. He also defines status group in a similar approach. A status group is a group
in which the individuals within the group share a similar status, in which they are affiliated in.
This deals with the implementation of similar livelihoods, expertise, etc. Some examples may
include: orphans, slaves, etc. Ultimately, a party contains individuals that aspire to achieve the
same goals or changes. These may include those who associate themselves within a political
party, and aspire to achieve the same level of change. The ideology between Weber and Marx
can be compared, as both defined standing according to one's achievements in life, and whether
or not they owned the same privileges. However, Marx also believed in a differed class
consciousness, in opposition to Weber's thoughts.

4. Cultural capital deals with the differences within standing and class. It's easily notable the
difference in class when discussing clothing, vehicular usage, housing, etc. The gap can be seen
through these variances. Power can also be linked, as the much wealthier are more like to
endorse or fund specific projects that would benefit them, ultimately promoting events that
would go through, whereas others wouldn't be capable of making such a huge change. The attire
worn is much more luxurious, scarce in fabric, etc. The cultural capital of an individual affects
their livelihoods and standards of living, and ultimately grants an extrinsic quality when
discussing such privileges.
Functionalist Theory: Social media is a backbone for many people. It's being utilized in schools,
networking businesses, foreign affairs, international conflict, etc. Social media has become the
standard platform for connecting, and is therefore, a component that promotes stability amongst
its users. The roles may differ, but it provides a medium that interconnects and locks sources for
that connection, ultimately leading to a solidarity that binds others. Through social media, people
are capable of reaching out and associating others within their own lifestyle, branching out into a
whole new world of networking.

Conflict Theory:

Social media is vastly connected to the idea of conflict theory, as it displays much of an
individual's connections, lifestyle, and mood, depending on the person. Certain individual's may
display a disconnect, whereas others may purposely offer images of their sorrow, misfortune, or
link with others within their party. Many individuals wish to make a name on social media, and
become dependent on the attention of their followers. Many people wish to grab the attention of
their followers, and accumulate a large following to appease either their ego, or satisfy certain
privileges one may receive, such as fame. Conflict theory deals with competition for resources.
In this instance, the theory pertains to attention, and whether or not a specific channel may
appease the viewer in a sense that they increase in popularity, and is therefore, competitive.
However, some discredit a thing, and only utilize the media for connecting with friends. They
may post daily activities, such as luxurious deserts, meals, etc, showboating their current fortune.