Social Stratification And Social Class Inequalities Essay

1086 Words Dec 4th, 2016 5 Pages
All of the topics that are in the textbook is significantly important. However, some of the issues that I am mostly concerns about are social stratification and social class inequalities. In this chapter, I was able to see a broad view of U.S social structure and inequalities, both within our culture and our institutions. Our modern society is stratified into social classes, which is based on income, wealth, educational attainment, occupation, and social networks. Sociologists posited that there are six social classes in America. It includes the upper-class, the lower-upper class, upper-middle class, lower-middle class, the working class, and the underclass. However, class system constitutes a set of social inequalities and that it establishes a place for the exercise of power. Anderson, Taylor, and Logio (2015), stated that “Class determines the access different people have to these resources and puts groups in different positions of privilege and disadvantage” (p.174). The caste system may not be determined by the political and economic privileges, but the system allows the elites do monopolize exercise power similar to those of the upper-class.
The United States is labeled to be one of the most “unequal” nations in the world. About 34.5 percent of all net worth goes to the 1 percent of the elites. Meanwhile, the middle-class population has an increasing rate of debt, foreclosure, and bankruptcy. Not to mention that many students are struggling with rising debt of…

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