Essay on The System And Patterns Of Social Stratification
Social Stratification and Mobility, what does it mean in Jamaica?
Education portal defines social stratification as a system by which society ranks and places categories of people in a hierarchy (Social Stratification: Definition, Theories & Examples).
Social stratification within the Caribbean stems from our colonial history. While most Caribbean countries have since gained independence, most of their social behaviours remain driven by their colonial history.
In the pre-emancipation (plantation society) era, social stratification consisted of the landowners, mainly the whites, who were at the top of the social class. The mulattos followed this group, the slave population made up the lowest class in this era. The white population remained the superior class and among the black population, the thought was being of a lighter complexion would bring about a certain amount of prestige.
This phenomenon of white being good and black being bad continues today in Jamaica. This remains evident in the skin-bleaching phenomenon that is taking place in the lower socio-economic areas within the island. The persons who indulge in the practice of bleaching do so in the hope that it will…