Social stratification

1. What are the four systems of stratification? How does a class system differ from the others?

2. Refer to the text, blackboard “Course Documents” on Stratification (including NY Times College Calculation, Comparative Income Chart, and Life Chances) and the video “Tammy’s Story.”

Using specific reference to this material, explain why is it difficult for anyone at the bottom layers of social class to move up. What factors make it harder for them than someone already in the upper middle class? How would a conflict theorist account for why the poor are unable to get out of poverty?

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