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Social Inequality Today's Agenda. Review course web page www.Blackboard.cmich.edu Review Course syllabus Introduce you to the study of social inequality. Introduction to Social Inequality. What are the key questions? What is social inequality? Why is there social inequality?

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social inequality today s agenda
Social InequalityToday's Agenda
  • Review course web page
    • www.Blackboard.cmich.edu
  • Review Course syllabus
  • Introduce you to the study of social inequality.
introduction to social inequality
Introduction toSocial Inequality

What are the key questions?

  • What is social inequality?
  • Why is there social inequality?
  • What is the nature of social inequality?
  • What is power and who are the powerful?
  • What are the different social characteristics that inequality is based upon?
  • How is social inequality maintained and how can it be changed?
social stratification

Social Stratification

The institutionalization of inequality in society. The system or social arrangements that creates or facilitates and justifies the allocation of resources

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Social Stratification is…

The ranking of large groups of people into a

hierarchy that shows their relative privileges

dimensions of stratification
Dimensions of Stratification
  • Wealth
  • Prestige or Status
  • Power
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TYPES OF EQUALITY

  • Equality of Opportunity
  • Equality of Worth
  • Equality of Conditions
  • Equality of Results
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SYSTEMS OF STRATIFICATION

  • Ascribed
    • allocation of resources based upon who you are
    • allocation is a birth right
  • Achieved
    • allocation of resources based upon some earned criteria
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Social Stratification

  • Primitive or Hunting and Gathering
  • Slavery
    • Ownership of people by others
    • Social distance
  • Caste
    • Status is determined by birth
    • Segregation
  • Estate or Feudal
    • status is determined by birth and network of relatives
    • Closely linked to land
  • Class
    • Allows social

mobility

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Social Stratification Helps Maintain the Status Quo Quo

  • Ideology vs. force
  • Control of ideas
    • Values and norms
  • Control of information
  • Social networks
  • Technology
what is ideology
What Is Ideology?

A set of beliefs and values that explains and justifies a society’s system of power and privilege.

ideology and legitimation
Ideology and Legitimation
  • Inequality is natural and socially beneficial
  • Legitimation