Four Principals Of Social Stratification

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1. In your own words, define social stratification. What functions does social stratification serve? How do those in higher ranks use their status?
In group dynamic there is a leader who tries to initiate things and followers. Social Stratification is not that far from this concept. It is the way a certain society arranges and categorizes the individuals in that dynamic in a pecking order. Grading people in different levels of the society scale according to their authority, importance, wealth, income, race and education. In today’s terminology Stratification is divided into Upper, middle and lower class.
There are four principals that social stratification is based on: First, that social stratification is a character of the society. Secondly,
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Briefly describe the main differences between non-state political systems and nation-state systems. ideally, can one be conceived as better than the other? Why?
The main difference between non-state political systems and nation-state systems is the boundaries. Nation-states have as a rule fixed boundaries in contrast to non-state groups whose boundaries are shifting all the time according to their relative power in relation to their neighbors. Nation-states are ruled by usually agreed upon rules that can be enforced against those who violates them. Non-states are ruled by some kinds of traditional customs that can not be enforced all the time.
Furthermore, In the non- state political system, there is what anthropologist referred to as "Situational leadership” where a unanimous agreement between the members of the group to assign one of them with temporary leadership. On the other hand, in the nation-state systems, there is defined hierarchy, political elite they are a geopolitical entity t derives from an ethnic and cultural background. Furthermore, it’s in a geographical area that can be
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This is not usual in a non-state system where authority is inherited. Finally, I believe both systems have pros and cons. However, I would argue that the non- state system might be better in certain situation. For instance, the situational leadership might create healthy competition between the members of the group especially, due to the fact that certain people are better than the others in a certain aspects.
4. Choose a religion or other ideology (including atheism) with which you are familiar. How does this ideology fulfill the 4 functions of

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