Social Stratification Essays

1755 Words May 20th, 2011 8 Pages
Casey Rash, Austin Helms
November 11, 2010
SOC 100 General Sociology; 002
Essay Question: 3

The purpose of this paper will be to address what social stratification is, and why sociologists consider it crucial to our understanding of today’s society. In addition it will also be discussing the three dimensions of social stratification and how we think its changed since the 1970s and 80s to today, and which theory we think best explains this change. Along with how the inequality of valued resources impacts America as a whole, and how the recent financial meltdown has made stratification worse in America. Stratification can be defined as a structured ranking of entire groups of people that perpetuates unequal economic rewards and
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For example people in the working class wouldn’t support a party that supports the upper class. Since the 1970s and 80s stratification and social inequality has changed in the U.S mainly by the wealth of the different social statuses. Wealth in the United States is unevenly distributed for example the top one percent of the population owns 33.8% of the wealth. This one percent of the population owns more than the bottom 90% combined. (Witt, 2010) Since the 1970s and 80s there has been a shrinking middle class because the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. With the shrinking middle class there is an ever-increasing amount of people forced into poverty. This is a result of disappearing opportunities for those with little education, global competionion and rapid advances in technology, growing dependence on temporary workforce, and the rise of growth industries in non-union workplaces. (Witt, 2010) With 12.5% of the population being forced into poverty they become dependant on the party that represents them because they don’t have the economic resources or power to represent them. Social mobility in the United States has become more of a challenge than ever for an individual move up into the next best social class compared to the 1970s and 80s. Individuals now days receive a better education and are earning more money than their parents but generally don’t earn enough money to move up in a social class. This is because. Race, ethnicity, and sex

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