Stratification. A Look Ahead. Is social inequality an inescapable part of society?. How does government policy affect the life chances of the working poor? Is this country still a place where a hardworking person can move up the social ladder?. Understanding Stratification.
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Is Stratification Universal?
Functionalist feel that stratification is functional for the following reasons
Esteem: reputation specific person has earned within an occupationMeasuring Social Class
Source: Author’s estimate and Bureau of the Census 2005a:413.
The Poverty Line
Official U.S. government definitions of poverty are based on the calculation of a minimum family “market basket”.
In times of danger, affluent and powerful have better chance of surviving than people of ordinary means
SocialMobility: Movement of individuals or groups from one position in a society’s stratification system to another