Social Stratification In The Caribbean Essay

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Social Status in the Caribbean
Status is really important for every individual. Race, ethnicity and gender shape who you are. In most cases, you cannot choose or change the identity you have been given. This paper will explore how race, ethnicity and gender operate simultaneously in determining one’s social status by looking at the history of planation and slavery, the contribution of women to the economy and cultural stigma. This will help us explain the development of social stratification in the Caribbean. The people in the Caribbean, has many different views on different social status.
Social Stratification is the hierarchical ordering of groups in society (Haralambos & Holborn 2000). This hierarchical system was created with historical
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• What are some examples of social status in Caribbean?
• Explain briefly about social stratification system.
 Social Stratification
• Social Stratification is the hierarchical ordering of groups in society (Haralambos & Holborn 2000).
• Social Inequality refers to any differences that result in some people having more socially valued characteristics than others (Holborn & Langley 2002).
• The role of slavery in social stratification.
 History of Plantation and slavery
• Brief history on colonization and Indigenous Slavery (Hernandez-Ramdwar 2016; Williams 1966;) o European plantation owners needed cheap and plentiful supply of labor o Sugar was very famous and crowing fast o Indigenous and European populations were too expensive and small o Africa was cheap and Europeans had the power to control them o Slaves were taken more from Africa, as they were seen as better workers o African slaves were cheap and they were “limitless”
• Plantation society theory (Ryan,1991) o Plantations society caused hierarchy among race
• How slavery caused racism? (Williams, 1966) o Slavery came to be associated with blackness
• The hierarchy system (Hernandez-Ramdwar,
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