“Society Is an Arena for Inequality That Generates Conflict and Change.” Discuss This Statement Using Four Well Developed Examples from Within Your Own Society.

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One of the lines of a renowned song that Peter Tosh (1974), famous Jamaican song writer and singer penned was ‘there can be no peace without justice; what we need is equal rights and justice.’ More than thirty years since that song was written, the people in the Jamaican society are still crying out for justice. One might be led to believe that as the general standard of living improves with time, inequality would slowly become less evident. However, although things are improving, evidence of inequality is still prominent in our Jamaican society. The people that are failing to realize that there is still inequality are the fortunate ones. They rise well above the poverty line, and usually live relatively economically sound lives. They are …show more content…
The student’s self-concept will tend to be shaped by the teacher’s definition and thus, he or she will tend to see themselves as ‘bright’ or ‘dunce’ and act accordingly. Their actions will, in part, be a reflection of what the teacher expects from them. Since prehistory, our society has perceived hierarchy among its members. There exists a universal social classification of people by wealth, power or prestige; by ability, education, or occupation; even by where they live. According to Marx, ‘society is constructed from classes. In all societies, except the simplest, there are two major classes. It is people’s relationship to the means of production that determines which class they belong to. The most powerful class is that which owns the means of production, (land, labour, factories) and the least powerful is that which has to sell its labour to make a living.’ The sociologist Max Weber also argued that, ‘social class is a function of differential wealth, political power, and status.’ Class is the main organizing principle of modern capitalist societies, the mechanism by which power, privilege and inequality are distributed and institutionalized. Here in Jamaica, the realities of social class have changed over time. The term "social class" originally

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