Inequality And The Hierarchy Of Status And Prestige Essay

786 Words Apr 10th, 2015 4 Pages
Inequality and the hierarchy of status and prestige is a concept as ancient as the beginning of large scale human organization itself. While most all major societies have experienced some variations in inequality among their population, none so is more apparent than in the United States, currently ranks among the highest in unequal institutions in the developing world (Desilver, 2013). To question if the inequality that exists is an inevitable occurrence in society is also to question whether it stems from a natural or biological cause. Institutional disparities are then explained by Functionalist and Conflict perspectives in an attempt to define the root of these differences among people and whether they are desirable for all in society.
The framework for the argument that inequality is a natural pattern across human history brings to question the validity that race, gender, and social classes are also innate. Race serves as a good example that while it can be perceived as natural differences between humans, no biological evidence has been found to support the claim (Hurst, 2012, p. 170). Instead, like race, inequality is not inherently biological and is instead created and perpetuated by social conditions. Historically, White Europeans benefited from the subjugation of slaves and the monopolization of economic resources in colonial America. From the mid-eighteen century to the mid-nineteenth century, wealth concentration began to increase rapidly, and as of 2007, the…

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